Trump is betting that if casinos in the New York area are legalized, it will not hurt Atlantic City. Despite the decrease in revenues for the Jersey casinos nearby, Trump believes that the Atlantic City area can remain one of the biggest gambling meccas—even with New York in the equation. “Atlantic City will be a place that will have giant casinos, and those giant casinos, because of their location to each other and the ocean nearby, will do just fine,” Trump stated. There are a lot of people working on the efforts in order to legalize the casinos throughout New York starting in 1997, and they are still working on getting them legalized.
Trump went on to state that the times have changed since then and he wants to convince Gov. Cuomo to push the bill through. “It’s happening all over,” Trump said of legalized gambling. “The playing field is a lot different than it was 10 years ago.” The area of New York already has a few Indian-run casinos in the area, as well as a few virtual casinos statewide. On top of this, there are also neighboring states that have casinos in them. “Wherever you look, you have gambling casinos popping up,” Trump said. “I’m not sure it’s a great thing for the country, (but) that’s something the country can worry about.”
He called the prospect of putting up one of the legalized casinos a “mixed bag” since there were so many feelings floating around about it. He is not ruling anything out about them at this point. “It depends on what the plan is,” he said. The legislature gave the first passage to a constitutional amendment in order to authorize a few casinos throughout the state of New York. In order for them to take further action however, they will also have to pass the same measure again in 2013 and 2014 before they can put up the public referendum.
There was a source that stated that the Dems are going to discuss earlier in the week on whether or not to allow a vote on a bill that will allow legalization of the casinos. “It will be given a very good shot at the conference,” the source said. “The outcome of the bill is uncertain.” They also said that if it doesn’t happen this year, it will only be a matter of time before they do accept it. “Some people who opposed it previously, their thinking is evolving because of its presence on TV, and I think in a year or two, if that evolving continues, it will gain sufficient support,” they added. This could be good news for all of the New York.