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Voting on November 8th: Public Question #1 - Does New Jersey need more Casinos?

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On November 8, 2016, New Jersey voters will be offered the choice to vote Yes/No for Public Question #1, which if accepted would allow two new Casinos in the Northern part of the New Jersey.

Through the following article, we hope to educate you on the major points for each side, so you can become informed and get involved in voting as you see fit.

What your Vote means:

YES: Supports allowing the state legislature to pass laws allowing for two additional northern counties to each have one new casino, thereby ending four decades of casinos only being permitted in Atlantic City. 

NO: Opposes this amendment to establish additional casinos in New Jersey. 

Current Status:

The casino industry in New Jersey has been limited to Atlantic City since casinos were legalized there in 1976. After the competition in surrounding areas led to multiple years of dwindling revenue, lawmakers drafted a ballot proposal that would establish two casinos in northern New Jersey in an attempt to save the state's economic prowess in the regional gambling market.

If you vote Yes, what does it mean?

If you vote Yes to Question 1 it would authorize two new casinos in northern New Jersey. Both would need to be located at least 72 miles away from Atlantic City. Those who hold casino licenses in Atlantic City would have six months to draft proposals for two casinos in the northern area of the state. Each casino proposal would have to include an investment of at least $1 billion.

If you vote No, it would block this from moving forward.

Points from each side:

Supporters make the following arguments in support of Question 1:

  • The amendment would increase revenue for helping seniors and those with disabilities.
  • The amendment would create jobs and fuel economic growth in northern New Jersey.
  • The amendment would help New Jersey capture money being spent at casinos in neighboring states.
  • The amendment would dedicate tax revenue to revitalizing Atlantic City.

Opponents make the following arguments in opposition to Question 1:

  • The amendment would exacerbate unemployment and poverty in Atlantic City.
  • The amendment would force families to move out of southern New Jersey.
  • The amendment would help special interests, not average state residents.

For more detailed information, see the following more information that includes backers for each side.

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