In New Jersey, a developer wants to add a site in the city of Newark to the list of potential sites for a new casino should voters in the eastern state approve an expansion referendum next month.
According to a report from Fox Business, Berger Organization, which owns land and buildings in Newark including the Robert Treat Hotel, has proposed building a casino on land it owns across from the Broad Street New Jersey Transit station and combining the new venue with the former Newark Bears baseball stadium site.
“Newark, being the largest city in the state and as well-located as it is, should certainly be one of the locations for a casino when the election is decided,” said Miles Berger, Chairman for Berger Organization. “It would be a tremendous boost to the city and certainly a major boost to the neighborhood.”
Berger explained that his firm’s casino could be part of a multi-use development that would additionally include a convention center and several parking facilities and that his company had already held talks with several operators regarding the possibility of teaming up on the Newark project.
New Jersey voters will head to the polls on November 8 to cast their ballot on the New Jersey Allowance For Casinos In Two Additional Counties Amendment, which is also known as Public Question One. If passed, the measure would allow lawmakers to make provisions for two northern counties to have a casino each with developments already proposed for sites in Jersey City and East Rutherford.
However, a recent poll from Rutgers University’s Eagleton Center For Public Interest Polling revealed that only 35% of respondents supported the expansion of casino gaming into the north of the state while the numbers opposed stood at 58% with 7% unsure.
“It was moving pretty quickly several months ago but the outlook does not look bright right now,” said Berger. “There is no rush here; this could give us a two-year window before it could come back on as a referendum.”
Berger declared that his firm’s Newark site enjoys excellent transportation access by road, air and rail while the city’s mayor, Ras Baraka, is known to be a fan of such a development after he held a rally in support of a local casino last year.