|The Press of Atlantic City reports that New Jersey Governor James McGreevey is asking neighboring New York State to impose a moratorium on three new casinos that are proposed to be built by New York tribes 30 miles from the state line, in the resort area of the Catskill Mountains. The governor is asking that approval of the new casinos, which would rival businesses in Atlantic City, be delayed at least until “an investigation into alleged favoritism by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is completed.” |
New Jersey politicians Robert Torricelli, a U.S. Senator, and Congressman Frank LoBiondo have asked Interior Secretary Gale Norton to investigate the “approval process” of the Bureau of Indian Affairs that lead to the success of the application for the New York casinos.
They don’t like this in New York. Mark Emery, spokesman for the Oneida Indian Nation, said that New Jersey should not interfere. “This is an attack on Indian gaming. What this is trying to do is protect the corporate gaming interests in Atlantic City at the expense of Indian gaming,” said Emery.
Some estimates claim that the three New York based casinos could take away up to 25% of Atlantic City's $4.6 billion annual gaming business.