TRENTON — Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, D-Essex, has urged voters to reject outside influence and support a referendum clearing the way for casino gaming outside of Atlantic City.
Voters will decide whether to approve as many as two casinos in North Jersey during the November general election.
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“People no longer have to travel great distances to gamble,” said Caputo, the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee chair. “If we are going to recapture this lucrative source of government revenue for the benefit of seniors, the disabled, education, transportation infrastructure and property tax relief here in New Jersey, rather than continue to allow our money to fund those same efforts in neighboring states, we must expand our gaming opportunities.”
Caputo said that outside interest are campaigning against North Jersey casinos.
“They are spending a heck of a lot of money, and that fact alone should make voters wonder just who these people are,” said Caputo. “Unfortunately, and conveniently for them, they are able to hide their identities through their 501c4 tax status which, according to published reports, prevents such disclosures.”
Caputo claims Atlantic City’s East Coast gaming monopoly ended years ago when the casinos started popping up all over the coast, Caputo said.
“If we are going to address the reality of ‘convenience gambling’ and reverse the trend of taxable gaming revenue leaving New Jersey, we must adapt,” Caputo said.
Earlier this month, Gov. Chris Christie says he would cast his ballot this November in favor of expanding casinos to northern New Jersey. The Republican governor has also said he would campaign for the ballot question if asked