Casino expansion vote set for Monday

A vote on expanding casinos outside of Atlantic City is set for Monday in the New Jersey Legislature. The head of the Atlantic City workers

The head of the Atlantic City workers union came out in support of a Senate bill that would allow gaming in North Jersey.

The head of the Atlantic City workers union came out in support of a Senate bill that would allow gaming in North Jersey. (1/10/16)

ATLANTIC CITY - A vote on expanding casinos outside of Atlantic City is set for Monday in the New Jersey Legislature.

The head of the Atlantic City workers union came out in support of a Senate bill that would allow gaming in North Jersey.

The plan would ensure tax revenue up north goes back to Atlantic City.

Bob McDevitt, president of Unite Here-Local 54, says that it would be in the best interest of his members if any new casinos are connected to existing ones. "Both current employees and any potential future casino workers will be far better-served if the Senate legislation is put in place," he says.

The Senate legislation would ensure taxes from a northern New Jersey casino would go back to Atlantic City and that the owner would have to be an existing operator.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has come out against the plan, saying it should be a fair bid process, where anyone could bid. That way, he says, "The best opportunity for New Jersey wins, that's No. 1. We shouldn't be stacking the deck for anybody."

Assembly Democrat Vince Prieto, of Secaucus, is in favor of his own plan, which allows a fair bid process, but he has said he is willing to negotiate.

Gov. Chris Christie has also weighed in and says he supports the Senate plan.

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