In an interview with the editorial board of The Record newspaper of northern New Jersey, State Senate President Steve Sweeney, who has long maintained that Atlantic City's gambling monopoly must be protected, revealed that he has held private discussions with officials in North Jersey for the past year about allowing casinos in the northern part of the state. Sweeney also said that a statewide proposal on expanded gaming could be placed on the November 2015 ballot.
Sweeney represents the Atlantic City area. In the past, he has defended Gov. Chris Christie's stated five-year moratorium of an expansion of gaming in the state. Following the national economic meltdown that pushed casinos in Atlantic City into bankruptcy, Christie and others maintained that Atlantic City needed five years to get back on its feet, thus no expansion of gaming could take place.
Sweeney also said any plans for North Jersey gaming halls would have to include provisions for helping Atlantic City. Click here for the story in The Record.