Agreement reached on northern New Jersey casino measure

Showdown looms Monday on northern New Jersey casino vote

Showdown looms Monday on northern New Jersey casino vote (1/11/16)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie and legislative leaders have announced an agreement on a measure to expand casino gambling to the northern part of the state.

Christie joined with Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to announce the deal Monday.

The measure is a compromise between plans supported by Sen. Sweeney and Assemblyman Prieto. It will guarantee a $1 billion minimum investment in any new northern New Jersey casino. 

Hundreds of building trades workers came to the State House to show their support for bringing casinos outside of Atlantic City. Many of them stand to gain employment during the construction of the casinos.

“Put our people to work,” says William Mullen, the president of the New Jersey State Building Trades. “It’s billions of dollars of construction work.”

The Assembly will take up the bill Tuesday. Legislators expect it to pass, which would allow voters to decide on the casino plan’s fate come November.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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