November 3, 2016

No North Jersey Casino Campaign Set To Win and It’s Still Spending – Thursday’s Roundup

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Casino Expansion Unlikely, Polls Show

Seventy percent of registered voters say they oppose an amendment to expand casino gambling to North Jersey, according to the latest poll from Fairleigh Dickinson – NJ Spotlight has the goods. Atlantic City casino workers want the referendum not just to lose but to lose badly, to avoid having this fight again in a few years.

No North Jersey Casino Campaign Spends Big

To further that cause, the No North Jersey Casinos campaign has been spending a lot – $14 million according to ELEC. Hudson County View, a colleague of ours in the New Jersey News Commons project, reports that the campaign dropped $3,500 just for permission to film inside the Bayonne high school: the school and other Bayonne landmarks appeared in three separate TV commercials paid for by Trenton’s Bad Bet – the anti-North Jersey casino group. Trenton’s Bad Bet has continued an aggressive, multi-million dollar marketing campaign, despite their pro-casino counterparts, Our Turn NJ, suspending their paid media campaign in late September.

AC Badlands

Changing topic and returning to Atlantic City, check out Bill Sprouse’s latest piece on how someone – bless them – is trying to change the zoning in the inlet and build a house there. Maybe one day it will look less like South Jersey’s badlands.

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