TRENTON’S BAD BET RELEASES LETTER TO GRASSROOTS SUPPORTERS, CALLS FOR RESPECT OF BALLOT QUESTION OUTCOME
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2017
Coalition Renews Commitment To Protect New Jersey Jobs & Taxpayers, Calls For Vigilance In Preventing Further Gaming Expansion Attempts
Newark, NJ – Trenton’s Bad Bet released a letter to grassroots supporters today calling on them to remain vigilant against attempts by Trenton insiders and special interests to sneak expanded gaming into the state. Just two months after November’s stunning defeat of Question One – the ballot question that would have allowed the expansion of casinos into North Jersey – it is clear that developers and their Trenton puppets will not cease their efforts to bring casinos to North Jersey.
“Despite the overwhelming defeat of Question One, gaming expansion proponents have continued their efforts to skirt the will of the voters by doing the bidding of billionaire developers and pushing for video lottery terminals and internet cafes outside of Atlantic City,” said Bill Cortese, executive director, Trenton’s Bad Bet.
“State leaders have an obligation to respect the outcome of the election, where 2.4 million residents voted to protect over 30,000 New Jersey jobs and $2 billion in economic output by defeating Question One at the ballot box. Trenton’s Bad Bet, along with our coalition partners across the state, will continue to hold decision makers accountable and inform residents on the risks casino expansion poses to New Jersey jobs, taxpayers and our economy.”
The letter to supporters comes after legislation was introduced that would pave the way for video lottery terminals or VLTs and “internet café” gaming parlors outside of Atlantic City, if approved. Such a move is in direct opposition to the will of New Jersey residents who voted nearly four to one against the casino expansion ballot question last November. The legislative proposals highlight Trenton’s misplaced priorities as the needs of developers continue to take precedence over the needs of New Jersey taxpayers, residents and small businesses.
For more information about the Trenton’s Bad Bet, or to follow the group’s social channels, make donations, and find other opportunities to get involved, visit the group’s web site: www.TrentonsBadBet.org
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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 expansion of gaming in the state.