DEMOCRATS SHOULD STOP SENDING MIXED MESSAGES UNDERMINING ATLANTIC CITY?S SUCCESS

?Given the importance of the industry to the State, as well as the need for meaningful reform to foster sustainability and, hopefully, growth, this issue is best considered in the future when either: 1) the transformation of Atlantic City to a more destination-oriented model has meaningful enough traction to compete with in-state rivals; 2) Atlantic City stakeholders support additional outlets; or 3) the new model is deemed to have failed.? (Jon Hanson, ?Report of the Governor?s Advisory Commission on New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment,? July 21, 2010)

NORTHFIELD, NJ ? 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 statement on the Democrats plan to study gaming in Bergen County:

?Every time we revisit this issue, we signal to investors, employees and local vendors to hold back and undermine the future success of Atlantic City. Just a little over a year ago, the Governor?s Advisory Commission on New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment concluded that New Jersey needs to reject any expansion of gambling outside of Atlantic City.

?Instead of wasting time with another study, it?s time to finish implementing the bold reforms the Legislature enacted last year, of which we have long advocated, that position Atlantic City as the preeminent entertainment venue for the state and chief revenue producer for programs benefiting seniors and the disabled. We?ve made great strides creating a tourism district in Atlantic City and streamlining casino regulations to help revitalize the region. The Democrats plan now, to rethink expanding casino gaming to Bergen County, will end up unproductive and divisive at best and, at worst derail the momentum for a new vision for Atlantic City.?

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