Steven Stokes own Carpenters Union Pushed North Jersey Casinos through the Democrat Legislature for “hard-working men and women of Northern New Jersey”
Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis today called on Democrat Freeholder Candidate Steven Stokes to refund $8,200 in campaign contributions received from the New Jersey Carpenter’s Union – one of the strongest advocates for North Jersey casinos in the state which pushed the North Jersey casino referendum through the Democrat state legislature.
“The fact that Steve Stokes is running his campaign on money from a union that is fighting to destroy the livelihoods of Atlantic County working families through its support of North Jersey casinos only underscores what our candidates have been saying throughout this campaign: Atlantic County Democrats have been complicit in support of North Jersey casinos and only the Republican Party has been steadfast in its opposition,” Davis said.
“Now we have proof. The Carpenters strongly supported legislation to get North Jersey casinos on the ballot this year. On the day before Christmas Eve, the union’s executive secretary danced gleefully on Atlantic City’s struggling casino industry and in a press release advocated for North Jersey construction workers at the expense of our own in Atlantic County:
‘At a time when four of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos have closed and others are in bankruptcy reorganization, Sweeney’s bill and the consensus he has built represent a critical opportunity for the state of New Jersey to participate in economic opportunities that this legislation could create…’
‘We recognize the opportunities that this gaming initiative could create for the hard-working men and women of Northern New Jersey, potentially generating thousands of construction trades jobs and thousands of permanent jobs that could be part of the state’s economic engine…’
See Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters News Media release dated December 23, 2015.
“The Carpenters’ secretary/treasurer is even featured as the top community leader supporting North Jersey Casinos on the PAC webpage supporting them, Our Turn NJ.
“Now we have the money trail from the very same pro-North Jersey Casino Carpenters Union going into the campaign coffers of Steven Stokes who wants to be an Atlantic County Freeholder. According to Stokes campaign election filing of October 11, 2016, he received $8,200 from the very same Carpenters PAC. Is there any doubt as to where Stokes and his running mates stand on the critical issue of North Jersey casinos? They are nothing but Trojan horses for their Democrat bosses who want to destroy Atlantic City. Atlantic County can’t afford a champion for North Jersey casinos like Steve Stokes on our freeholder board.”