Councilman Tompkins Points To Lack Of Transparency On Casino Referendum As He Announces Support For Trenton’s Bad Bet

Newark, NJ – Pemberton Councilman Jack Tompkins today added his support to Trenton’s Bad Bet, joining a growing list of individuals and groups concerned with Trenton’s proposed casino expansion into North New Jersey.

“As a councilman, I know how important the need for local input and transparency is for our residents,” said Pemberton Councilman Jack Tompkins. “The proponents of casino expansion have offered few details and no transparency about where the casinos would be constructed or even how much the tax rate would be. Taxpayers have been left in the dark, and we deserve better.”

Trenton politicians have proven they cannot be trusted. Whether it is using $20 million meant for historic preservation to pay the salaries of public employees and fund capital projects or claiming to deposit millions into the teacher’s pension fund but actually allocating no money at all, the state’s capital has a long history of breaking its word with New Jersey residents. There is no sign that casino expansion would be any different.

“Councilman Tompkins joins a long list of local leaders standing against casino expansion and advocating for an open, more transparent government,” said Trenton’s Bad Bet executive director Bill Cortese. “New Jersey voters have seen Trenton politicians, time and again, make promises they can’t keep while taxpayers get stuck with the tab. Local leaders, like Mr. Tompkins, see every day what municipalities are saddled with from Trenton – we don’t need another unfair burden in our towns.”

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About Trenton’s Bad Bet
Trenton’s Bad Bet is a diverse collection of concerned New Jersey community leaders, unions, businesses and residents that will work to oppose the New Jersey Casino Referendum that seeks to expand gaming into North Jersey.


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