Racetrack owner who wants casino says plan can wait 6 years

AP News
Posted: May 25, 2017 10:36 AM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a New Jersey racetrack who wants to build a casino there says the proposal can wait for six years.

Meadowlands operator Jeff Gural says a proposal to have Hard Rock International build a casino at the track in East Rutherford, near New York City, can wait until New York state opens three more casinos.

Gural says that should happen in about six years.

At a major gambling conference Thursday in Atlantic City, he guaranteed a casino will eventually be built in northern New Jersey but said waiting until New York state is breathing down New Jersey's neck is the best way to get a casino expansion referendum passed.

A proposal to allow two new casinos in northern New Jersey handily lost in a referendum in November.