NJ Bill Would Let Voters Decide on 3 Casinos Near NYC

TRENTON (AP) -

Atlantic City’s monopoly on gambling in the state, enshrined in law and fiercely protected by politicians for nearly 40 years, began to crumble Monday as lawmakers introduced a bill that would let voters decide whether to allow three new casinos in northern New Jersey, just outside New York City.

The bill would schedule a referendum in which voters would be asked to approve up to three casinos in Bergen, Essex or Hudson counties. The bill would have to be approved by Aug. 3 to make it onto November’s ballot.

It comes as Atlantic City’s casino industry withers from increasing competition in neighboring states; four of its 12 casinos shut last year.