Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said adding an entertainment complex center that is built around a casino would create “a revenue boon” that creates “5,000 to 6,000 jobs,” but the final decision ultimately lies with city voters this November.
The DCNA posed questions for Fulop that ranged from development issues, quality of life, transportation – both pedestrian and parking – the Jersey Avenue extension, open space/environment issues, and the $5 billion casino plan.
DCNA President Jeremy Jacobsen raised the question of the proposed casino plans to Fulop by stating that the mayor has “gone on record showing support of the build of a casino in Jersey City.”
Jacobsen then asked if the mayor’s support for the casino would be swayed if a “scientific poll indicating a majority of Jersey City citizens opposed the build of the casino.”
Fulop stated that “there is an opportunity to have an entertainment complex center that would be a revenue boon in Jersey City creating upwards of 5,000-6,000 jobs,” later adding “the location of the site would be nowhere near residential areas.”
Fulop also explained that the “only thing approved on the casino is the ability for residents of Jersey City to vote on the proposal of a casino”, continuing “if 50 percent + 1 of Jersey City residents say no, then the idea of a casino is dead in my mind.”
The concept of North Jersey casinos recently led Fulop to clash with state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), though Sweeney, Gov. Chris Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) reached a $5 billion compromise that could potentially create 12,000 jobs throughout the state.
Liberty Rising, a 90-story hotel and casino that would be located at 100 Caven Point Road, is one Jersey City concept that remains a possibility one form or another, per The Wall Street Journal.