BROWN & PAULS INTENSIFY THEIR
FIGHT TO STOP NORTH JERSEY CASINOS
Launch Grassroots Campaign &
to Protect Atlantic County Families
Assemblyman Chris Brown and Freeholder Will Pauls are fighting efforts by Senate President Steve Sweeney and powerful Trenton insiders to place a referendum question seeking voter approval of North Jersey casinos on this November’s ballot by launching a grassroots effort and online petition drive to stop any such effort.
“The facts are clear: the construction of a North Jersey casino – let alone two – will have a devastating impact on Atlantic County’s middle-class families and retirees,” said Brown. “Freeholder Pauls and I are using every tool at our disposal to stop North Jersey casinos and are encouraging our constituents to make their voices heard by signing our petition to stop any such expansion.”
“The voters of this State will have the final say on whether gaming goes to the North,” explained Pauls, noting that the expansion of casino gaming outside of Atlantic City requires voter approval via a statewide voting referendum. “Chris Brown and I know that stopping casino expansion in North Jersey to protect Atlantic County’s middle-class jobs and essential services for our retirees will require our County’s residents to stand united, and we’re excited to launch this effort as the next step in our grassroots fight.”
Brown and Pauls noted a recent analysis by Stockton University’s Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming that concluded that two casinos in North Jersey would put two Atlantic City casinos at risk of closing; put at risk between 3,500 and 5,000 direct jobs, while jeopardizing at least that many additional indirect and induced jobs; and cause an annualized loss of between $350 million and $500 million in gaming revenue. Such a loss in gaming revenue would also mean less funding for programs that serve Atlantic County’s seniors and disabled residents, such as prescription assistance and Meals on Wheels.
Brown and Pauls’ latest grassroots efforts and long-standing fight against any attempts to expand casinos into North Jersey are in stark contrast to comments by Atlantic County’s other Assemblyman, Vince Mazzeo. When asked about the threat of North Jersey casinos being approved, Mazzeo actually told one radio host, “so be it” and another, “I’m over it.” Mazzeo has even stated that efforts to stop North Jersey casinos are “meaningless” and “doing nothing more than giving false hope to the people of Atlantic County.”
“Let me be clear: under no circumstances will I ever give up, or ever give in, to the concept of casinos in North Jersey because the impact will be devastating to the middle-class families and retirees of Atlantic County,” Brown said. “The time is now to stand together and wage a grassroots fight against efforts to put this referendum on the ballot, not to cut deals with Trenton’s insiders or North Jersey interests.”
“It’s been disappointing to watch some of Atlantic County’s representatives in Trenton publicly make plans for expanding gaming outside of Atlantic City before we have transitioned into a destination resort,” noted Pauls. “We need strong leaders representing Atlantic County who aren’t afraid to take on their party’s leadership when it comes to protecting the economic future of South Jersey.”
Brown and Pauls are inviting the public to join the effort and sign the petition at www.StopNorthJerseyCasinos.com.