Hard Rock still (distantly) eyes New Jersey casino near NYC

June 30, 2018 - 11:21 am
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Even after spending a half-billion dollars on an Atlantic City casino, Hard Rock still hopes to build one in northern New Jersey near New York City one day.

Hard Rock CEO Jim Allen says the company owns part of the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, and has the exclusive right to operate a casino there.

A proposal to allow that was resoundingly defeated by voters in 2016.

But Allen says the company has not dropped the idea.

Speaking Thursday at the opening of Hard Rock's new casino at what used to be the Trump Taj Mahal, Allen said every study projects a casino at the Meadowlands would do well.

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says in-state casino expansion won't happen anytime soon, "if ever."

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