A referendum to increase New Jersey casino gambling to locations outside of Atlantic City came up snake eyes Tuesday.
The measure died by a 78% to 22% margin.
That tends to make a big winner out of Genting, which runs the successful Resorts Globe casino at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. Genting bankrolled $9 million of the $15 million campaign to stop the expansion.
If the measure passed, there most likely would have been a casino at the Meadowlands, appropriate above the New York border.
“We considered it would have put tens of 1000's of jobs at chance in New York and New Jersey and would have been anything that destabilized the mindful balance in the crowded northeast gaming marketplace,” explained Michael Levoff, a Genting official who spearheaded the “Trenton’s Undesirable Bet” campaign.
The highly effective New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, which represents workers in New York and New Jersey, also spent massive fighting the measure.
The system also calls for highway improvements to advantage the Town.
The ballot query had the support of small business and union leaders, organizers stated. George Nee, president of the Rhode Island AFL-CIO, Ed Roderick, previous president of the Tiverton Town Council, Laurie White, president pf the Better Providence Chamber of Commerce and Chief Frank Sylvester, previous president of the New England Association of Fire Chiefs all appeared in the commercials.
But the opposition, which included church leaders, argued the revenue estimates are probably inflated and would not materialize. Also, the gambling operations impact high quality of lifestyle, and consider benefit of vulnerable men and women with gambling addictions.
Twin River, which presently runs a casino in Lincoln, focused on Tiverton following it became obvious Newporters would not enable a complete scale casino in their local community. Joe Paolino, former Providence mayor and Ambassador to Malta, in 2012 invested some $905,000 on the unsuccessful Jobs for Newport campaign. But Citizens Concerned about Casino Gambling, which has been battling towards gambling in Newport for 35 many years, held off the barrage of mailers and phone calls Paolino's group circulated.
He had teamed up with luxury actual estate developer Peter de Savary and Paul G. Roiff to get the Newport Grand from Diane S. Hurley, but the deal was contingent on the green light for table games. Newporters defeated casino gambling by 1,000 votes. Paolino went ahead and purchased the Newport Grand and then offered it to Twin River.
Shortly after the sale, Twin River announced programs to move the operation to Tiverton. But the vote on Tuesday could still have implications for Newport, in accordance to the Citizens Concerned About Casino Gambling's Facebook page.