Rift remains on competing North Jersey casino proposals

Backers of rival plans to allow casinos in North Jersey continue to clash as an agreement on what proposal to put before voters remains elusive.

The mayors of three large northern New Jersey cities came out Monday in favor of a plan backed by state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.

The mayors of Jersey City, Newark and Paterson say the Assembly proposal is a better deal for North Jersey because it sends less of the gambling tax revenue from the new casinos to help Atlantic City.

The Senate version, backed by Senate President Steve Sweeney, would require that both the new casinos be owned by existing Atlantic City casino owners. The Assembly version only applies that requirement to one of them.

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