AGA criticizes Atlantic City mayor Don Guardian

Mar 23, 2016 11:24 AM

The American Gaming Association was quick to come down hard on the “asinine comments” of Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian who said building two large casinos in the northern part of the state would create as many problems as benefits.

The issue will be decided by voters who must approve a proposed amendment to the state constitution authorizing the first casinos beyond Atlantic City.

Prostitution, drugs and other crimes would come with the casinos, Guardian warned during a Monday night forum on the issue at St. Peter’s University.

“Putting casinos in Jersey City and the Meadowlands is worthy of what AGA President Geoff Freeman termed, “a healthy debate, but the debate should be based on facts” and not by comments like the ones attributed to Guardian during the forum.

“It’s disappointing and disingenuous,” Freeman said, for Mayor Guardian to recycle tired myths about an industry that serves as the lifeblood of his city. In every location in which we operate, gaming is a strong and valued community partner.”

Guardian is a major player in a desperate defense of the Atlantic City monopoly on casino gambling. The fear in the southern part of the state is that the city will be driven toward bankruptcy if it continues losing revenue drawn to gaming in neighboring states.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: [email protected] .