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Van Drew Statement on North Jersey Casino Vote

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TRENTON – Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic) issued the following statement on the Senate vote on legislation (SCR-185) proposing a Constitutional Amendment permitting casinos outside of Atlantic City. Senator Van Drew voted against the measure:
“I am very disappointed with the outcome of this vote. The truth is that there is only a defined amount of gambling that is going to happen in the state and opening casinos in North Jersey creates a problem in our region. Atlantic City and the surrounding area is already suffering with high unemployment, high foreclosure rates and outmigration. Allowing gaming elsewhere will devastate Atlantic City, creating further job loss and additional hardship for our residents. I hope I am wrong, but I believe that if these casinos are built, we are going to see some very tough times ahead.”
“I will not support this bill in any form, and I will continue to fight this proposal if it reaches the ballot.”

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