A proposed casino in the Meadowlands has long been discussed in various circles within the Garden State, but those talks have amounted to next to nothing because Gov. Chris Christie remains unwavering in his five-year rehabilitation plan for Atlantic City.
Mercifully, that plan comes to an end in 2016 and with Atlantic City continuing to struggle, more and more public figures have voiced their support in building a casino in northern Jersey, a stone’s throw away from the bustling metropolis that is New York City. Recently, Assemblyman Ralph Caputo added his name to those who believe a casino in the Meadowlands could generate as much as $1 billion in revenues for the state alone.
Just a few months ago, state Sen. Richard Codey, D-Essex, voiced his own opinion on the issue, telling The Record that putting “Band-Aids on a gunshot wound to the head” won’t cure Atlantic City’s ills so might as well “put slot machines in the Meadowlands and get it over with.”
But state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May County, believes the Meadowlands is a dead issue and putting up a casino there would do more harm to Atlantic City, as if that’s even possible at this point. Clearly, the debate on this issue is far from getting resolved.