- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on the proposed expansion of casino gambling to northern New Jersey (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

A Wall Street analyst predicts as many as four Atlantic City casinos could shut down if New Jersey voters approve expanding casino gambling to the northern part of the state.

Fitch Ratings says the Trump Taj Mahal, Resorts, and the Golden Nugget would be most vulnerable to new in-state competition, with Bally’s also susceptible to a possible shutdown.

New Jersey voters will decide in November whether to authorize two new casinos in the northern part of the state near New York City.

The Fitch report came shortly after a Monmouth University Poll showing voters evenly split on the issue, with 48 percent in favor of north Jersey casinos, and 48 percent against.

Fitch predicts that even if the referendum passes, it would take four years for a new one to open, although others expect a shorter timeline.


11:20 a.m.

A new poll finds that trying to predict whether New Jersey voters will approve casinos in the northern part of the state is a crapshoot.

A Monmouth University Poll released Thursday shows voters evenly divided on whether to authorize construction of two new casinos near New York City, with 48 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed.

Northern New Jersey voters support the idea, which will be decided by a ballot question in November.

Voters in central and southern New Jersey oppose it.

The ballot measure does not specify locations, but the two most frequently mentioned proposals are at the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford, and in Jersey City.

The telephone poll of 806 adults has a margin of error of 3.7 percentage points.

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