FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2016

Director Thomas A. Arnone Makes It Clear That Referendum To Expand Gaming Into North New Jersey Creates No Value For Monmouth County

Newark, NJ – Director Thomas A. Arnone of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, today voiced his opposition to the referendum to expand casino gaming into North Jersey known as Question One.

“My first responsibility as a Freeholder is to make sure Monmouth County’s interests are my top priority,” Arnone said. “Unfortunately, the ballot question on casino expansion is misguided, shortchanges our horse racing industry, and favors a small group of out-of-state, special interests.”

The Freeholders Board has a broad scope of authority in Monmouth County, including both legislative and executive functions. The board is mandated with supervising the county roads, bridges and park lands, but above all else, it is responsible for maintaining the county’s AAA bond rating.

After reviewing the referendum for casino expansion, Arnone found no potential value in the proposal. He continued, “In no way does this legislation help Monmouth County.”

“The referendum to expand gaming will result in tens of thousands of lost jobs and billions in economic hardship,” added Bill Cortese, executive director of Trenton’s Bad Bet. “The director sees what the rest of New Jersey sees – a back-door deal Trenton is trying to push through at the expense of taxpayers and to the benefit of special interests.”

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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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