Calling the revitalization of Atlantic City and its gaming/tourist industry vital to the economic health of South Jersey and the state, Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown issued the following statements on the Democrats plan public hearings on gaming at the Meadowlands:
Assemblyman John Amodeo, Member of Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee:
?I applaud Gov. Christie for making the revitalization of Atlantic City a top priority and making it abundantly clear just how vital this industry is to the economic health of the entire state. Under his leadership, we?ve made great strides toward turning around the city, growing the economy and creating sustainable jobs. That?s why it is incredibly disappointing that some of my colleagues chose to play politics today by calling for expanded gaming at the Meadowlands. What our state needs is continued investment into Atlantic City to produce the kinds of jobs we celebrated at the Revel megaresort today ?2,000 trade union construction jobs and 5,000 permanent jobs. The future of our State?s economy is far too important and cannot get sidetracked by the political sound bites of a few North Jersey politicians. I urge my colleagues to reconsider their call for meaningless hearings that will only serve to hurt Atlantic City and join us in moving our state forward.?
?Studying gambling at the Meadowlands is a waste of our tax dollars. It would also hurt the success we are now achieving in Atlantic City with the opening of Revel and additional development to come by creating an unpredictable gaming environment that would discourage new investment. . I won?t let politics stand in the way of our region?s continued economic expansion. Atlantic City is responsible for producing $1.3 billion in state and local tax revenue of which $250 million directly benefits seniors and the disabled. North Jersey Legislators who are putting their interests ahead of the entire state are not only wrong, but they?re being counterproductive to our efforts to create more jobs here. They should stop these games and help us get New Jersey back to work.?