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Connors, Rumpf & Gove: North Jersey Can’t Be Allowed to Win on Casino Referendum

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove stated their profound disappointment with the 11th hour deal cut to move forward with a ballot referendum on North Jersey casinos.

Connors, Rumpf and Gove expressed profound disappointment with the 11th hour deal to move forward with a ballot referendum on North Jersey casinos. (©

The 9th District delegation issued the following statement:

“From the outset, our delegation has vehemently opposed allowing casinos to operate outside of Atlantic City, as doing so would have a devastating and lasting impact on Atlantic County’s already struggling economy. Needless to say, we are extremely disappointed that the way is being paved for casinos in north Jersey.

“This is yet another example whereby North Jersey’s interests will be placed before that of South Jersey’s. Special interests worked overtime to kill the state’s commitment to Atlantic City regardless of the economic consequences for South Jersey residents and communities who are still dealing with the fallout from the casino closures.

“Foreclosures and ‘going out of business’ signs will likely be more commonplace if Atlantic City and Atlantic County are sold out. Property values will take more of a hit as local homeowners will be victimized by yet another grand scheme concocted in Trenton.

“Saturating the casino market, ultimately, will prove self-defeating and, more immediately, will severely frustrate economic recovery efforts in Atlantic County and the surrounding area. For political reasons, Trenton has made the north Jersey-Atlantic City casino debate a priority. This is the case, despite other more pressing issues facing struggling taxpayers, such as a broken state education funding formula which also just happens to significantly favor north Jersey.

“Special interests are counting on north Jersey’s population advantage to secure passage of the referendum. South Jersey residents have to dig in and prepare for a protracted fight as special interests are unlikely to relent. For our part, we will continue to represent our constituents’ interests by remaining unalterably opposed to permitting casinos to operate outside of Atlantic City.”

In September of 2014, Connors, Rumpf and Gove started an online petition to provide a forum for residents to take a more active role in protecting the Atlantic City gaming industry against the approval of north Jersey casinos. Hundreds of residents have already signed the Delegation’s petition which is still active.

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