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June 8, 2016

New Jerseyans are divided over the status of casinos in the state. A question on the upcoming November ballot would amend the state constitution to allow two new casinos to be built in the northern part of the state. These would be the first casinos built outside of Atlantic City. According to the latest Monmouth University Poll, 48 percent of registered voters said they would vote for the change and another 48 percent said they would vote against it.

NJ residents are also split over how they view Atlantic City itself. Thirty-eight percent think the city is worse off today than it would have been if gambling had never been allowed and 31 percent think it is actually better off. Some 24 percent said they thought gambling has had no impact whatsoever.

But residents are also unsure about what to do about it. Forty-three percent said they think a state takeover would help and 41 percent think it would hurt.

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