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Casino Gambling at New York Meadowlands?

2 April 2012 by Devon Chappell

MeadowlandsCasinoAssembly Democrats made their intentions known on Tuesday that they wish to explore the potential benefits of allowing casino gambling at the famed Meadowlands Sports Complex.  As if the NY Jets bringing in Tim Tebow last week wasn’t enough.

The Meadowlands consists of an indoor arena, a horseracing track, a retail shopping center and a rail station – but its crown jewel is without question an 80,000 plus seat, state-of-the-art, open-air behemoth known as MetLife Stadium.

In addition to being the home of both New York’s professional football teams – the Giants and Jest – MetLife Stadium is currently set to host the 2014 Super Bowl.  A notable achievement seeing as it took the building of the new stadium to finally secure a Super Bowl for what is hands-down the number one sports market in the country.  And due to the massive, worldwide attention that the Super Bowl generates, it could be a terrific platform to introduce the world to an expanded New Jersey gaming industry, not to mention, Donald Trump’s toupee.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex) remarked on the subject, “We need to at least discuss the idea of bringing casino-style gambling to the Meadowlands and whether it has the potential to create jobs, incentivize the local economy and position New Jersey’s gaming industry to better compete against the casinos that have cropped up in neighboring states.”

While the idea has attracted a number of supporters, the state’s Democrats are not all in agreement on how beneficial it may be to explore bringing casino gambling to the Meadowlands.  Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney has expressed concerns that taking attention away from current efforts to revitalize Atlantic City’s casino industry would be a misstep on the part of the legislature.

It seems that more than simply being opposed to the idea of allowing casino gambling at the Meadowlands, certain Democrats just think the timing may be wrong considering the weakened state Atlantic City still finds itself in following the economic crisis of 2008.

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