Trenton’s Bad Bet Announces New Commitment To Prevent Gaming Expansion, Protect The Will Of The Voters 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2016

Group Vows Continued Fight To Protect New Jersey Jobs & Taxpayers Against Special Interests 

Newark, NJ – Less than a month after residents voted in record numbers against a ballot measure that would have allowed for expanded gaming outside of Atlantic City, North Jersey casino proponents continue their attempts to circumvent the will of the voters by pushing for expanded gaming in the form of video lottery terminals and internet cafes at New Jersey racetracks.

“This continued effort to expand gaming outside of Atlantic City after such a significant defeat at the ballot box is a slap in the face to New Jersey voters and reinforces the case that special interests will stop at nothing to get their way,” said Bill Cortese, executive director, Trenton’s Bad Bet.  “New Jersey residents spoke loud and clear that Trenton should focus on more pressing matters starting with meeting pension obligations and ensuring school districts receive adequate funding – not on another attempt to expand gaming to the benefit of billionaire developers.”

The latest Quinnipiac University poll showed that 62 percent of New Jersey voters believe casinos have not been good for the state and 79 percent remain opposed to casino expansion – the latter number is an increase from last month’s result on Question One. 

Cortese continued, “Trenton’s Bad Bet remains committed to protecting the 30,000 New Jersey jobs and $2 billion in economic activity that would be lost by expanding gaming outside of Atlantic City.  We will continue to work with coalition partners and have an active presence throughout the state in educating residents about the dangers of these new gaming expansion proposals.”

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