Caputo: Compromise Needed to Save Gaming

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman Ralp R. Caputo, chairman of the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, had the following published recently in the Courier-Post:

“It’s too soon to know how much money two new northern casinos would generate, but the Assembly bill means significant money goes to Atlantic City to pay for recovery and improvements as it transitions into a family shore resort focusing on nongaming activities. This would also mean less immediate money for a top priority of mine — programs and property tax relief for senior citizens and disabled residents. But that’s what a compromise is all about.

“Whether New Jersey voters want to expand casino gaming to northern New Jersey remains to be seen, but they deserve the opportunity to decide. The Assembly has moved far and wide to get this done but it takes two sides to recognize a good compromise. Those who continue to oppose the Assembly bill for whatever reason risk hurting Atlantic City and our gaming industry, and thus our seniors and disabled residents. Let’s do the right thing for our entire state…”

To read the rest of Assemblyman Caputo’s op-ed, click here.