- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on a proposed referendum on expanding casino gambling to the northern part of New Jersey, and related votes in the state Legislature affecting Atlantic City: (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The New Jersey Legislature has authorized a statewide referendum on whether two new casinos should be permitted in the northern part of the state.

The state Assembly passed a bill to authorize the referendum by a 54-16 vote with three abstentions. Earlier in the day the Senate passed the same bill by a 34-6 vote.

The measure does not specify locations. But the most commonly talked about possibilities are East Rutherford and Jersey City.



The question will appear before voters on the November general election ballot.

4 p.m.

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill authorizing a statewide referendum on whether to add two new casinos in the northern part of the state.

The bill passed Monday afternoon by a 34-6 vote.

It would ask voters in the November general election whether to amend the state Constitution by expanding casino gambling to northern Jersey.

It does not specify locations. But the most commonly talked about possibilities are East Rutherford and Jersey City.

If the Assembly approves the bill by a similar margin on Monday, the question will automatically go on the November ballot.

11:30 a.m.

New Jersey lawmakers are preparing to vote on a bill that would authorize a statewide referendum in November on expanding casino gambling within the state.

The state Senate and Assembly are to vote Monday afternoon on a bill that would put a question on the general election ballot asking voters whether they want to permit two new casinos in the northern part of the state near New York City.

If the bill gets 24 or more votes in the Senate, and 48 or more in the Assembly, the question will go on the November ballot.

Supporters say the new casinos will recapture gambling money that’s now going to casinos in neighboring states, but opponents fear they could lead to the closure of two or more of Atlantic City’s remaining eight casinos.

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1:40 a.m.

New Jersey voters are about to get their say on whether to expand casino gambling to the northern part of the state.

The state Senate and Assembly will vote Monday afternoon on a bill that would authorize a statewide referendum on the November ballot.

It would ask voters whether they want to approve two casinos in separate counties at least 72 miles from Atlantic City.

The ballot question does not specify locations, but the most frequently mentioned sites are at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, and in Jersey City.

Supporters say the new casinos will recapture gambling money that’s now going to casinos in neighboring states, but opponents fear they could lead to the closure of two or more of Atlantic City’s remaining eight casinos.

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