Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Poll Finds 68% Oppose Casinos in North Jersey

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Poll Finds 68% Oppose Casinos in North Jersey

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The possibility of a casino at the Meadowlands Sports Complex seems like a long shot based on the results of a poll by Stockton University that were released Friday.

Stockton asked 638 likely voters about a Nov. 8 ballot question on whether to amend the state Constitution to allow two casinos to be built in North Jersey. An overwhelming majority -- 68 percent -- responded that they oppose the idea, while just 27 percent expressed support for the measure.

Among residents of South Jersey, 74 percent opposed ending Atlantic City's nearly 40-year statewide casino monopoly. Of respondents in the state's 13 northernmost counties, 63 percent were opposed.

The poll, which was conducted over the previous seven days, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

"These results should provide some comfort to residents of the Atlantic City region, which has seen the loss of 5,400 casino industry jobs since the start of 2014," said Sharon Schulman, executive director of Stockton's William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. "Clearly the voters -- especially those in South Jersey -- do not want to see Atlantic City casino competition within the state."

The Meadowlands and Jersey City -- where Paul Fireman, the former Reebok chief executive and the owner of the Liberty National Golf Club, has proposed a multibillion-dollar casino and resort -- are most often mentioned as the sites of the North Jersey casinos, although the ballot question would allow them to be built anywhere north of New Brunswick. …

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