Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee heard testimony regarding the state's proposed $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil over pollution. Some residents and politicians say the deal goes too easy on the company that polluted Bayonne, Linden and Elizabeth.
Hard Rock International unveiled plans for a casino complex built around the Meadowlands Racetrack. Some New Jersey lawmakers hope to put a question on the ballot in November to permit gaming outside of Atlantic City to make the plans reality.
Supporters of a natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands from South Jersey Gas say it will help the region get rid of a coal-burning plant in favor of a high efficiency gas-burning plant. Opponents say the project will increase global warming pollution.
North Jersey lawmakers want a question on the ballot that would let voters permit casinos outside of Atlantic City. They want up to three allowed, possibly in Hudson, Essex and Bergen counties, to recapture the gaming marketshare.
Sen. Ray Lesniak says he supports the Bloustein School investigating the EDA tax incentive program since it's an independent organization. He also wants to put a question on the November ballot asking voters if casinos should be allowed outside of Atlantic City.
Jeff Gural has proposed creating the Hard Rock Casino Meadowlands, which would combine a casino with the racetrack. In order for that to become a reality, New Jersey voters would have to approve of casinos outside of Atlantic City.
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