Atlantic City’s Republican mayor says adding two casinos in northern New Jersey would bring crimes including prostitution and drugs and would cause as many problems as benefits.
The Record newspaper reports Mayor Don Guardian spoke Monday at a St. Peter’s College forum on a referendum on extending casino gambling beyond his financially troubled city. The referendum goes before voters in November.
Atlantic City has had a monopoly on casinos. The state Legislature has OK’d a referendum asking residents whether to change the state constitution to stop that and to offer two casino licenses for the northern part of the state.
Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jim Kirkos says a northern New Jersey casino would help the state recapture revenue that goes to New York’s Yonkers Raceway or to eastern Pennsylvania casinos.
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