Fighting to Protect New Jersey Jobs & Taxpayers from Special Interests
Last November, by the largest margin in state history, we made clear our intention to prevent gaming expansion into North Jersey and outside Atlantic City in defeating the ballot referendum known as Question One. Through your dedication and hard work, we protected over 30,000 jobs and $2 billion in economic activity that would be lost if gaming expansion were to pass.
Despite overwhelming opposition, casino expansion supporters are attempting to circumvent the will of the voters by pushing through various pieces of legislation, including permitting internet gaming cafes for racetracks (A-4255) and allowing VLTs or video lottery terminals (A-172 and A-173) in locations outside of Atlantic City. The legislation concerning racetrack internet gaming cafes was introduced days before Question One’s defeat and flies directly in the face of the nearly 80 percent of voters or more than 2.4 million votes against gaming expansion.
We deserve a government that is responsive to our needs and respectful of our intentions – particularly when it comes to gaming expansion. Issues of much greater importance exist in New Jersey currently, including meeting pension promises, adequately funding school districts, reducing property tax rates and addressing badly ignored infrastructure projects, all of which have taken a back seat because billionaire developers demand gaming expansion happens first.
Trenton’s Bad Bet will continue to inform residents on the pitfalls of any gaming expansion proposal while we grow our already broad coalition across the state. We are proud to have earned the support of many local officials, labor leaders, community organizations, small businesses and residents who stand ready to fight any effort that undermines the result of Question One this past November.
You can help us continue our fight against gaming expansion by contacting your legislator and tell them to oppose this legislation. You can also click here to sign up for email alerts, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for future updates.