New Jersey Looks To Privatize Lottery Operations

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, is looking into taking the operations of its state lottery private. Assembly members held a hearing in Trenton to discuss the potential impact of such a plan.

Only Illinois has taken such a move and they’re having problems. Unionized state workers in New Jersey, along with lottery retailers see privatization as a bad idea.

Members of the Christie Administration that were asked to appear before the Budget Committee declined, since there’s a request for proposals out there.

That didn’t sit well with committee chair Vincent Prieto.

“We’re actually navigating in the dark. I don’t like it. The administration talks about transparency and that’s what we should be having, a dialogue so at least we can ask all these questions,” says Prieto.

But there are some, Republicans mostly, who suggest that, at least looking into privatization is not necessarily a bad thing particularly if it trims costs and increases sales.

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