Whelan Statement On Task Force Report On Gaming, Entertainment

Says Atlantic City Focus is Welcomed, but More Details and Work Needed

TRENTON – Senator Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, Chair of the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, and a former Atlantic City mayor, issued the following statement today regarding the New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission Report:

“Obviously, we need serious, system-wide changes to the way New Jersey manages and regulates gaming and entertainment, in Atlantic City and across the State. You don’t have to look any further than the casinos’ bottom line to see that the current system is failing the businesses, and it’s failing the people of the State.

“We are happy that the Governor has put a new focus on Atlantic City, but even after seeing the report, there are more questions than answers. Hopefully, moving forward through the Gaming Summit that Senate President Sweeney has proposed, we can get those answers.

“Gaming deregulation, sports betting, Internet betting, lowering the 500-room requirement for casinos, and the completion of the Revel casino are all issues where details are lacking; these matters must be a part of the solution to revitalize Atlantic City.”