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Atlantic City Unions Throw Support Behind Republicans

24 September 2003

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Citing concerns about Gov. James E. McGreevey's handling of casino taxes this summer, the city's largest union has endorsed the three Republican candidates running for legislative office in the 2nd District.

"Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union has thrown its support behind the campaigns of state Sen. Bill Gormley, Assemblyman Frank Blee and Assemblyman Kirk Conover.

"The incumbents are being challenged by Democratic Senate hopeful Tom Swift and Assembly candidates Steve Swift and Alisa Cooper in November's election.

"…Local 54 endorsed McGreevey during his 2001 campaign for governor, but union President Robert McDevitt said his members were disappointed by the increased taxes levied on the casino industry this year. The larger taxes have been blamed in part for 300 layoffs at the Trump properties last month.

"…McDevitt said changes to casino taxes can have devastating consequences for his union's membership, including a loss of jobs. He said he believes Republican control of the state Senate is needed to prevent further tax increases from being adopted…"

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