Following today’s hearing before the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee focusing on Atlantic City’s progress since the state assumed control in 2016, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic), who sits on the committee, released the following statement:
“After years of turmoil and uncertainty, things are finally going in the right direction in Atlantic City. Revenue from new casinos has directly benefited residents, and the city has seen notable growth in economic development. While business growth plays a large role in Atlantic City’s headway, social progress must go hand in hand with it.
“There’s no denying that progress has been made, but we need to make Atlantic City truly prosper again before the city is returned to local control. We can do that by diversifying the city’s economy, improving community and social programs, and making sure residents are involved in the process and part of the solution.
“As discussed in today’s hearing, it’s a positive that the state wants to take an interest in the city and the casino industry, but it’s unfortunate that the topic of potential North Jersey casinos still finds a way into the conversation. I remain adamant against any idea of establishing casinos in North Jersey. This would be a detriment to our region and the people of Atlantic County.
“We must do all we can to preserve the progress we’ve made and keep pressing forward. We’ve come a long way, but we still have a lot of work to do.”