Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) on Monday called on Gov. Christie to work with the Assembly to forge a compromise that will still protect Atlantic City’s future without trampling the rights of public workers.
“The Governor has adamantly refused to negotiate with the Assembly or accept any changes to the bills from their current form. This is an ineffective and dangerous way to govern, especially at such a critical moment.
“Not only is it an insult to the entire legislative body, but it’s also hypocritical in light of the amendment the Senate added that would enable casinos to opt out of the PILOT tax agreement if North Jersey casinos open. This opt-out provision would unravel the entire fabric of the PILOT bill and threaten to destabilize Atlantic City’s tax base all over again.
“Speaker Prieto has continuously expressed an interest in sitting down and working out a compromise that still protects Atlantic City’s future without trampling on the rights of the public workers who put their life on the line every day.
“The Governor should take him up on this offer and every member of the General Assembly should stand up and support the Speaker at this crucial time. There is far too much at stake right now to play politics with Atlantic City’s future,” said Caputo.