Group Formed to Defeat North Jersey Casino Referendum
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group comprised of southern New Jersey businesses, political and casino leaders promises a "formidable" spending effort to defeat a November ballot question that would authorize two new casinos in north Jersey, near New York City. Members of No North Jersey Casinos include the president of Resorts Casino Hotel and the head of the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey. Business, labor and community leaders from the Atlantic City area are also part of the group. Its president, Debra DiLorenzo, says 23,000 to 30,000 families in southern Jersey will have a key member unemployed if the ballot question passes. The kickoff comes a week after the pro-north Jersey side held its own kickoff campaign to shape public opinion. A recent poll shows voters evenly split on the issue.