Saying there are no bad ideas at this point, Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina have called a meeting of key casino executives, business leaders, labor leaders, and a bipartisan group of elected officials to develop strategies and policies to revitalize the casino industry on Monday, March 30.

?We invited key people to get into the same room and start fleshing out some ideas,? Amodeo said. ?We are at a critical point in time for the casino industry and our region. The choices we make now, in the middle of this recession, can make or break our economic future. Any idea based on moving everyone forward is a good one.?

?We are in the same boat, regardless of any specific affiliation, background, or title,? said Polistina. ?Everyone walking into that room knows that we have a shared fate, so it?s no question that we have to paddle in the same direction. We are going to talk about what direction we need to take.?

The assemblymen emphasized they are trying to foster frank and open discussions on how to position Atlantic City to grow and prosper. To help facilitate their efforts, they also invited Assemblyman Jon Bramnick from their caucus?s Policy Committee.

?We have to keep focused on policy and not politics,? said Amodeo. ?We are looking at the content of ideas, not the source, and Jon has the right touch to help everyone focus on the substantive issues.?

?Whether it?s legislation, regulation, or simple coordination, we will explore any means that will produce solutions and results,? said Polistina. ?Gaming in Atlantic City is too important to fail for our region and the state.?


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