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Poll: Support Dwindling For Casinos In North Jersey

Atlantic City Likely To Keep Gambling Monopoly In Garden State

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A new poll shows that the odds are looking better and better for Atlantic City to keep its New Jersey casino gambling monopoly.

According to Stockton University, 68 percent of voters now oppose the ballot question that would allow casinos in north Jersey, while only 27 percent would vote for it.

The poll results, which have a margin of error of +/-3.9 percentage points, were obtained via 638 likely New Jersey voters from Sept. 22-29.

Sharon Schulman, executive director of Stockton University’s Hughes Center said in a statement: “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. Clearly the voters—especially those in South Jersey—do not want to see Atlantic City casino competition within the state.”

Despite the results, a media campaign opposing the gambling expansion from the group Trenton’s Bad Bet will continue, according to a report from the Associated Press.

A media campaign in support of the new casinos was recently suspended.

The ballot question will read: “Right now, casino gambling is only allowed in Atlantic City. Do you approve or disapprove amending the New Jersey state constitution to permit casino gambling in two additional counties in the state that are at least 72 miles from Atlantic City?”

The Stockton University poll comes just weeks after a Rutgers-Eagleton poll found that half of respondents said they think brick-and-mortar casinos should only be in Atlantic City. Forty percent said they should be allowed in other parts of the state. Three percent said they don’t want casinos anywhere in New Jersey, while seven percent said they were unsure.

In March, the percentages from that poll were were 49, 44, two and five, respectively.

Through the first eight months of this year, Atlantic City gaming revenue was $1.76 billion, up two percent compared to $1.73 million a year prior. Atlantic City will soon lose another casino when the Trump Taj Mahal closes Oct 10. It will leave the seaside town with just seven brick-and-mortars.

In 2014, Atlantic City had 12 casinos.