New Jersey’s governor said that the voters’ decision to reject North Jersey casinos was a wrong move.
US.- Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor, said that the rejection of the proposal to expand casino gambling facilities to the northern side of the state, outside Atlantic City, was a “dumb move.” The unsuccessful ballot marked the largest margin of defeat for any referendum the state has ever seen.
More than 95 percent precincts reported that the question was failing by almost 78 percent to 22 percent. Christie said that lobbying efforts by casinos and unions in New York and Atlantic City were to blame. Despite an overwhelming negative response from local voters, the current governor believes that casino gambling will eventually expand out of the former gambling capital of the world.
Executives from Atlantic City feared that by expanding casinos out of the city, they would be a threat that would’ve caused the closure of the state’s casinos. Christie also said that he expects New Jersey to legalise sports betting by mid 2017. A poll conducted by the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind revealed that the opposition against the casino legalisation increased 20 percent from June to September, when the institution launched the first poll’s result, showing that 57 percent of voters were against it, whilst 35 percent were in favour.