- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
He also suggested that if Newark was turned down, another Essex County location could be feasible.
“As elected leaders, it is our responsibility
to promote projects that stimulate economic development,
job creation and quality of life, " DiVincenzo's letter read.
"We believe the development of a casino in Newark or Essex County
is an undertaking that will spur the continued revitalization and
strengthen the stability of the County and the state’s largest city.
We request that you consider Newark and Essex
as a possible location for a casino in Northern New Jersey."
“A casino also will help continue to transform Newark
and Essex County into a destination,” the letter read.
“With the Prudential Center, NJPAC, Newark Museum, Symphony Hall and WBGO already established in the Downtown,
we already have the cultural infrastructure in place to attract diverse crowds
for athletic events, concerts and entertainment shows.
In fact, while recently I attended an ice show featuring characters from “Frozen” with my granddaughter at The Prudential Center,
it made me feel proud that I was able to enjoy such a high-quality event
right here in Newark and Essex County."
“The development of a casino most definitely will put people back to work. Despite the economic recovery on Wall Street, Newark and Essex County continue to have among the highest rates of unemployment," DiVincenzo stated. "A project of this magnitude most definitely will create
numerous construction jobs, but it will also create hundreds of permanent jobs. Establishing new, recurring streams of revenue will help the city
overcome its financial difficulties and contribute to our economic stability,”
County of Essex
County Executive: Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102