Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s decision to reconsider his support of north Jersey casinos is disturbing news to a union leader who says the construction of multi-billion-dollar casinos would provide thousands of new jobs.
William T. Mullen, the president of the New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council, said the expansion of casino gaming in North Jersey is an opportunity for investments that could put thousands of construction workers to work and create permanent casino jobs.
“I am extremely disturbed by Mayor Fulop’s stated willingness to ‘kill’ the plan to expand the state’s casino industry to North Jersey if he decides he doesn’t want it located in Jersey City,” said Mullen, whose organization represents more than 150,000 construction workers, tradesmen and laborers.
“While the mayor might be willing to sacrifice that opportunity for Jersey City, it shouldn’t be lost to other cities that would be grateful to be home to the economic benefits of a new casino,” Mullen added, naming Newark, Elizabeth, and Bergen County as possible landing spots for a casino.
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .