Arnone: Casino referendum is bad for Monmouth County

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

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.


Posted: September 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Casinos, Joe Irace, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2 Comments on “Arnone: Casino referendum is bad for Monmouth County”

  1. Bob English said at 5:56 pm on September 27th, 2016:

    Very well explained by Freeholder Arnone. They should rewrite the ballot question and this time not screw Monmouth Park and Monmouth County.

  2. Western Monmouth said at 9:24 pm on September 29th, 2016:

    While I agree with Tom for the most part, I disagree that “in no way does this legislation help Monmouth County” as I believe it would help the horse farms that dominate Western Monmouth.

    Also, why is the NJEA spending so much money to fight this and propping up the group called Trenton’s Bad Bet If the NJEA is against it, that may be enough reason for me to be for it.