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N.J. gaming summit to be held in August

July 12, 2010

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Coinciding with the expected Aug. 1 public release of recommendations made by New Jersey’s Advisory Commission on Gaming, Sports and Entertainment, a gaming summit will be held next month. An exact date or site has not yet been announced.

Industry leaders, legislators and policy experts are expected to participate in the gaming summit, which will be overseen by former Atlantic City mayor Sen. Jim Whelan and Assemblyman John Bruzichelli.

“Our casinos and racetracks are much more than just places for people to go to pass the time and put down a few bucks, they are major economic drivers than cannot be allowed to flounder,” state Senate president Stephen M. Sweeny was quoted as saying.

“New Jersey’s gaming industry—whether it be casinos or racetracks—is the lifeblood of many programs of many programs that are vital to senior citizens and people with disabilities, but it is also vital to our statewide economy through the jobs and economic development it creates,” Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver was quoted as saying. “Yet we also know this industry is facing ever-increasing competition, especially from neighboring states, and the longer we wait to devise solutions the more at risk we put our own gaming industry.”

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