Hearing set on casino gambling in North Jersey

A New Jersey Assembly committee will hold a hearing at the Meadowlands Racetrack next week to discuss the prospect of casino gambling in North Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney don’t want casinos to open anywhere else in New Jersey until they give plans to revitalize Atlantic City a few years to succeed.

Assembly Gaming Committee Chairman Ruben Ramos says the hearing will examine the future potential for putting a casino at the Meadowlands.

“We’re all committed definitely to the four- to five-year plan we have in Atlantic City to see the revitalization of that taking place there,” said Ramos, D-Hoboken. “So it’s really a setup for down the road where we could be prepared to strike as soon as everyone comes on board.”

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Another member of the committee, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, D-Essex, says the state needs to act quickly the stem the loss of revenue from residents going to nearby casinos in New York and Pennsylvania.

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