State officials discuss a Meadowlands casino

EAST RUTHERFORD - State officials met today to discuss the idea of building a casino at the Meadowlands.

Supporters of the idea say it would make New Jersey more competitive by keeping gaming revenue in the state.

"With those additional funds, we can put New Jersey's economy back on track," said Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle. "We can fund our pension payments, increase school aid and invest in significant transportation improvements, which we desperately need here."

Opponents, including Gov. Chris Christie, say it would take badly needed casino revenue away from Atlantic City, which continues to struggle.

The governor reaffirmed the Senate president's stance saying he will not support any bill during the next three years that would expand gambling in New Jersey outside of Atlantic City.

No decisions were made today regarding a Meadowlands casino.

For more than 30 years, Atlantic City has had exclusive gaming rights in the Garden State.

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