“In a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll addressing the prospect of legalized gambling in North Jersey, half of respondents expressed opposition to opening casinos outside Atlantic City. Only 42 percent of those polled favor the idea,” the Star-Ledger reports.
Observers say the results aren't unexpected. Atlantic City has been in a notable decline in recent years; more in-state competition for the remaining casinos might hasten that decline. The Trump Plaza and Showboat casinos are due to shut at the end of the summer; the Revel may also close if a new buyer isn't found.