Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina invited Jim Whelan to join their bi-partisan efforts to move legislation to revitalize casino gaming in Atlantic City after Whelan agreed with Amodeo and Polistina while appearing on NJN?s On the Record show this weekend that the Democrat sponsored summit should be conducted by members of both parties.

?At least Whelan now sees the summit for what it really is – an effort to put partisan politics above the public?s interest,? Amodeo said. ?Only by working together are we going to craft lasting workable solutions.?

?We plan to move forward with meetings with the stakeholders as we write the necessary legislation, and we would like to have him join us,? Polistina said. ?Whelan should skip the summit. Actually working on solutions has got to be better than co-chairing a dog and pony show.?

After Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver both declined to appoint Republican members to the panel that is hosting the summit, Amodeo and Polistina started moving forward with their own efforts to act on the recommendations of the Hanson Report.

?If that panel wants to waste its time, we?ll let them. But we can?t let it waste Atlantic City?s time,? Amodeo said. ?And if Whelan feels the way we do, then he should not help legitimize what is shaping up to be a colossal waste of time and energy.?

?It?s a shame that we continue to see a ?do not pass go? Legislature as they insist on playing games with people?s lives,? Polistina said. ?At least we can offer Jim Whelan a ?get out of jail free? card so he doesn?t get trapped in this political charade and can actually display some of the bipartisanship he proffered.?

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