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NJ eyes panel to study Meadowlands casino

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Some New Jersey lawmakers are busy preparing for the day they expect casino gambling to expand to the Meadowlands.

A state Assembly committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would create a commission to study expanding casino gambling to the northern New Jersey Meadowlands in East Rutherford.

Such proposals in the past have been hotly opposed by southern New Jersey lawmakers who fear it would decimate the already-struggling Atlantic City casino market.

The state is halfway through a five-year period of incentives and improvements that Gov. Chris Christie instituted to help Atlantic City before considering ending the resort’s exclusive right to host casinos.

A 13-member panel would evaluate how well those reforms are working, and would consider the future prospect of a casino in Bergen County.