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New Jersey slots gambling should stay in Atlantic City, commission head says

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 12:40 pm

NEWARK - The head of Gov. Christie's commission on casinos and racetracks says legalized gambling should remain restricted to Atlantic City.

Jon Hanson told a forum on the future of the gambling industry in New Jersey the state is focused on healing the ailing casino industry while trying to make horse racing self-sufficient. Those were the central recommendations of a report his commission issued last July.

Hanson reiterated that stance Thursday at the forum, where many supporters of slot machines in the Meadowlands were heavily represented.

Hanson says the legislature is not likely to approve casino gambling anywhere outside Atlantic City. He says the state is trying to help the nation's second-largest gambling market by establishing a tourism district to ensure the casino district is clean and safe.

 

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