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Survey: Put North Jersey Casino in Meadowlands

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Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce President Jim Kirkos. - (AARON HOUSTON)

 

As talks continue about expanding casino gaming beyond Atlantic City, a new survey of a small group of North Jersey business leaders found that most feel the Meadowlands Sports Complex is the best location for a new gaming hall

 

Answering a questionnaire by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, 76 percent of 93 respondents said they preferred the East Rutherford complex over other destinations, including Sussex County/Vernon Valley and the Jersey City waterfront. The Sussex County site, which made a bid in the 1970s to establish a casino, was the second choice at 12 percent, while Jersey City was fourth with 3 percent.

 

The chamber’s membership is made up mostly of businesses in Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties.

 

The survey follows renewed talks among business leaders and state officials about expanding casinos to North Jersey, as Atlantic City faces the prospect of having four casinos close by the fall. The resort continues to reel from an eight-year decline in gaming revenue, which has fallen by nearly half since 2006.

 

Those talks came amid reports that venture capitalist Paul Fireman has been talking to public officials about a proposal for a $4.6 billion, 90-story casino in Jersey City

 

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