6:45 p.m.: “We live in a struggling area and like to see us thrive so I don’t want to welcome completion in North Jersey for casino, “said Melissa Miller, 33, Galloway as she voted against the question at Assumption Regional Catholic School.  

5:55 p.m.: Voters are overwhelmingly opposed to North Jersey casinos, according to polling from Stockton University’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy.

The poll released Friday found that 71 percent of those surveyed oppose the plan to allow two casinos in northern New Jersey, 24 percent support casino expansion beyond Atlantic City and 5 percent are undecided.

5:20 p.m.: 

4:30 p.m. : Emily Weary, 23, of Galloway Township, voted no to North Jersey casinos at polls Tuesday afternoon. The local nurse said she had friends and family who have worked and still work in the remaining casinos in Atlantic City.

 “It’s a really big part of the industry down here,” she said earlier today. “When you’re from somewhere else, it’s easy to say, ‘Let’s do it,’ but when you live down here, you see the impact it would have on people, on their jobs, on their lives, and you can’t say yes to that.”

3:45 p.m.: Officials at Monmouth Park are urging New Jersey voters to cast a “yes” vote on Question 1 as representatives of the racetrack have reached an agreement with their counterparts at The Meadowlands that would ensure millions of dollars for New Jersey’s racing industry.

3 p.m.: No support from Oceanport (Monmouth County) Borough Council President on North Jersey casinos:

2:45 p.m.: Ratwani Kishin, the manager of Devki Jewelers on the boardwalk, said adding more casinos to the state would be disastrous to his family business.

"Right now, 33 percent of our business comes from North Jersey," said Kishin, who voted earlier today. "There is no need for it."

1 p.m.: As Fourth Ward residents in districts 1, 3, 4, and 5 filtered in and out of Our Lady of Good Counsel at 40th Street and Central Avenue in Ocean City Tuesday morning, there wasn’t any support for expanding casinos into North Jersey

“That would be the end of Atlantic City,” said Norma Juzwiak, 63, of Ocean City.

Jenna Zarella, 24, and her mother, Barbara Zarella, 66, of Ocean City voted together on Tuesday morning. Both Zarellas voted against North Jersey casinos.

“Economically, it’s going to hurt us down here,” Barbara Zarella said. “If they put those casinos in (North Jersey), no one’s going to come down here.”

Friends Frederick Little, 83, and Philip Toscone, 77, both of Ocean City, were also opposed to the North Jersey casinos

“It’s bad enough now,” Little said, noting the high rate of foreclosures in the area.

It was difficult to find a parking spot at the Seaville Fire Department Social Hall on Route 50 in, the polling place for Upper Township voting districts 5, 9, 10 and 15.

Voters there were also against the idea of competition for Atlantic City.

“Being a fireman in Atlantic City, I definitely voted ‘no’ for that. I think that would be detrimental to the city,” said Chris Hemberger, 35, of Upper Township.

 Hemberger said that it would result in more lost jobs for the area.

Robert Malkiewicz. 67, of Upper Township voted against North Jersey casinos.

“They should remain in Atlantic City,” he said. “It would devastate (the area). More casinos would close in Atlantic City if they opened two up north.”

Glen Rosenberger Jr., 73, of Upper Township was also against North Jersey casinos, but said he thought the state would do what it wanted anyway.

“I don’t think it matters realistically. They’re going to open it up anyway. Atlantic City’s ‘has-been,’” Rosenberger said.

He predicted a 25 percent decline in the local economy and more job loss if North Jersey casinos open.

Red Sky Café owner Greta Schwartz, 49, of Upper Township said the local economy couldn’t withstand the impact of North Jersey casinos.

“I see what’s happening around here with the economy, what’s going on in Atlantic City and I feel like we need to bring back Atlantic City with a bang,” Schwartz said.

Jim Arsenault, 45, of Upper Township, chief legal counsel for Cape May County Board of Freeholders and all other county departments, voted against North Jersey Casinos.

“The region would not recover from that type of competition,” he said.

About an hour after the polls opened at the Middle Township municipal building on Mechanic Street, the polling place for districts 5 and 6, a steady stream of voters made their way in and out.

Republican Melanie Collins, 46, of Middle Township rejected the notion of North Jersey casinos.

“It’s going to be more competition for South Jersey,” she said.

A former Trump Taj Mahal employee, Collins said she lived in Atlantic City when the casinos opened.

“I lived there back then and that city was made a lot of promises,” she said. “I think they need to focus on Atlantic City and right that ship.”

Michele Meeds, 62, of Middle Township said she voted “yes” to North Jersey casinos.

“You can’t stop competition,” she said. “It doesn’t seem to be a model that has worked for Atlantic City anyway.”

10 a.m.: Red Sky Cafe owner Greta Schwartz voted against North Jersey casinos. "As a local business owner, I see what's happening here with the economy. ... I feel we need to bring back Atlantic City with a bang," she said.

9 a.m.: Several people at South Jersey polling places reported they voted against the North Jersey casino vote.

8:45 a.m.: Les Freeman, 42, the second voter of the day at the Uptown School polling place, said he voted against North Jersey casinos because more casinos will foster more competition.

“I’m really not for moving the casinos to North Jersey,” he said, “I know people who work at the casinos … you can tell the impact of different casinos in the area, pulling residents away. North Jersey would just do further damage.”

Thomas Hill, 66, said he used to work in a casino and voted no on the North Jersey casino question Tuesday morning.

“I don’t think it’s going to help New Jersey, look what it did here," he said.


Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve as many as two casinos in the northern part of the state. The ballot question states the new casinos would have to be in separate counties and be at least 72 miles from Atlantic City, where five casinos have closed since 2014.

A recent Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll found more than 70 percent of registered voters opposed expanding casino gambling.

Independent groups such as Trenton’s Bad Bet and Our Turn NJ have spent more than $24 million in the battle over expanding casino gaming to North Jersey, a state record for a single ballot question.

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