Senate Republicans Robert Singer and Jim Holzapfel called for a series of public hearings across the state, including in Monmouth and Ocean counties, about the possible authorization of a casino outside of Atlantic City. To expand gambling beyond Atlantic City voters would need to approve a ballot question authorizing the expansion.
Sens. Singer and Holzapfel have called for a series of public hearings to discuss the possibility of expanding casino gaming beyond Atlantic City. (Flickr)
“Before this matter is put on a ballot for a vote or any gaming expansion is limited to one specific location we need to make sure residents across the state are given the opportunity to weigh in and hear how expanded gaming could benefit or impact their community,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “One of those hearings should take place in Monmouth or Ocean counties, where I believe the addition of a casino would not only bring jobs to the local community but would add to the array of attractions that are already here and increase the appeal of the collective shore region.”
“Many Ocean County residents have lost jobs from the decline of gaming in Atlantic City and the county should certainly be one of the first locations considered for any expanded gaming,” said Holzapfel (R-Ocean). “Senator Singer and I are committed to making sure this area of the shore be included in future discussions about expanded gaming and that residents here be a part of that discussion.”