Civic JC, a non-profit group dedicated to promoting good government in Jersey City, has joined Trenton’s Bad Bet in opposing bringing casino gaming to North Jersey.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are proud to stand with Trenton’s Bad Bet in opposing casino expansion, which would be detrimental to our neighborhoods, our communities and our environment,” Civic JC President Esther Wintner said in a statement.
“Some of our elected officials have shown their true colors by pushing the priorities of developers over the needs of the people.”
The “less-than transparent process” that generated the “cryptic casino expansion referendum” raises huge caution flags for the group, she added. Aside from transparency, the group is concerned about the impact casino development would have on their community.
“We will fight from now until Election Day to make sure our friends, families and neighbors know the dangers of casino expansion and vote NO on Question One,” Wintner also said.
Friends of Liberty State Park, another Jersey City non-profit group that is committed to preserving the local landmark, also spoke out against the potential $4 billion, 90-story Liberty Rising casino complex that would be in close proximity to the park.
While it will still be up to New Jersey voters to decide on whether or not that want to expand casino gaming beyond Atlantic City on November 8, Our Turn NJ, a group committed to casino projects in Jersey City and the Meadowlands, recently suspended their paid media campaign.
The group, headed by Reebok founder Paul Fireman (who is behind the Liberty Rising project) and Meadowlands Racetrack owner Jeff Gural, made the move as public opinion had clearly begun to turn against the idea.