Most in New Jersey sour on casinos, Quinnipiac poll finds

Gamblers sit at slot machines at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City

Gamblers sit at slot machines at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City

About two-thirds of New Jersey voters surveyed in a new Quinnipiac University Poll said casinos have not benefited the state.

And 79 percent oppose expanding casino gambling beyond Atlantic City.

“Any government that decides to base its future on gambling revenues is taking a big chance. I’m not talking about the morality, that poor people will be lured into it,” said pollster Maurice Carroll. “I’m just saying that is a very flimsy foundation for government money. And New Jersey voters, when they’re asked, they say no.”

Voters last month overwhelmingly rejected allowing construction of two casinos North Jersey.

Supporters say they might try again in two years, but Carroll said the poll indicates they’re likely to get the same result.

“You can put anything on the ballot, but it lost this time. And, according to the current poll, there’s no reason why it should succeed again or ever,” he said.

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