NJ Voters Oppose Casino Bailout

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STATE – Three in five New Jersey voters oppose a plan to provide $350 million in tax rebates to Wall Street firm Morgan Stanley to get a stalled Atlantic City casino project moving again, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™ poll.

“The scale and targeted nature of these tax incentives is completely new,” said Donald Hoover, a professor in FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and a former casino executive. “While New Jersey and Atlantic City have offered incentives to particular casinos, they’ve never been anywhere near this large.

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The bailout is favored by a number of New Jersey lawmakers, including Union County state Sen. Raymond Lesniak. Gov. Chris Christie has not indicated if he will support it.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 802 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone from March 23, 2010, through March 28, 2010, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.


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