Plan For Temporary Meadowlands Casino Postponed
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. December 6, 2012
New Jersey lawmakers have postponed action on a plan to allow a temporary casino at the Meadowlands sports complex.
The proposal would have permitted a temporary casino in the week leading up to the 2014 Super Bowl that will be played at MetLife stadium.
Voters would need to approve a constitutional amendment to allow an expansion of casino gambling outside Atlantic City.
Assembly Gaming Committee chairman Reuben Ramos says that wouldn’t allow enough time to get a temporary casino up and running.
“When you have an amendment, a voter referendum, taking place there and to try to get which casino is going to run the operation and how that’s going to run properly it’s just too short a time frame.”
Ramos says it might be better to amend the constitution to permanently allow gambling at the Meadowlands and other locations in the state.
Governor Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney want to give Atlantic City three more years to rebound before permitting casinos elsewhere.
Assemblywoman Connie Wagner is a proponent of eventually having a casino at the Meadowlands. She says revenue at Atlantic City casinos is down, and more time is needed to see if that market improves.
“I have to make sure that Atlantic City grows and thrives because it employs many, many people. So I have to make sure that Atlantic City is okay. Let’s get them healthy and strong and then we can come back up here in the north. I think that’s being realistic.”