Freeholder Director Tom Arnone today announced his opposition to the public question that would amend the New Jersey Constitution to allow casino gambling in Northern New Jersey.
“My first responsibility as a Freeholder is to make sure Monmouth County’s interests are my top priority,” Arnone said in an announcement released by ‘Trenton’s Bad Bet,’ the group that has been campaigning against the constitutional amendment, “Unfortunately, the ballot question on casino expansion is misguided, shortchanges our horse racing industry, and favors a small group of out-of-state, special interests.”
“In no way does this legislation help Monmouth County,” Arnone concluded.
Under the proposed amendment, gambling choices at Monmouth Park and Freehold Raceway would not be expanded to slots or table games. The Monmouth County racetracks would continue to suffer the competitive disadvantage to out-of-state tracks that boost their purses with non-racing gaming revenue.
In addition to Arnone, Freeholder Lillian Burry and Mayor Jay Coffey and Councilman Joe Irace of Oceanport, the home of Monmouth Park, have announced their opposition to the ballot measure.