Hearings are scheduled to start on Thursday, when New Jersey lawmakers will discuss the possibility of allowing casinos outside of Atlantic City. Assemblyman Ruben Ramos, chair of the Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee, told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he hopes lawmakers will be able to change the state constitution to allow casinos in other areas throughout the state.
Ramos said the hearings that will start tomorrow will serve as a spark to allow gaming outside Atlantic City. “We want to lay down the foundation to have a greater conversation down the road to make it a reality,” he said.
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo has a resolution to amend the state constitution, according to Ramos, but he said that won’t be part of the discussion at the hearing tomorrow. He also said ultimately the voters will make the decision, not the legislature.
According to Ramos, the Meadowlands would be an ideal place to have a casino because the infrastructure already exists for such a facility.
Some have said allowing gaming outside Atlantic City will hurt the already struggling area. Ramos said lawmakers fully support Atlantic City, but without having a gambling option outside the city, New Jersey is losing money.