Assembly Regulatory Oversight & Gaming Chairman Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson) released the following statement Thursday as the committee held a hearing on the prospect of bringing casino gaming to the Meadowlands:
“This was a productive discussion that will go a long way toward helping reposition the future of gaming in New Jersey.
“Discussing the potential for casino-style gaming in North Jersey and its potential to create jobs and economic growth and position New Jersey’s gaming industry to better compete against other states is the responsible thing to do.
“We cannot ignore how out-of-state competition already exists. Expanding gaming options to the Meadowlands could strengthen and reposition New Jersey against that competition that has already lured customers away. Any option to bring additional revenue and create jobs deserves careful consideration, and now we’ve finally started that discussion.”