Mar 14, 2013
CWA has launched an ad campaign targeting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's plan to privatize the state lottery.
The television commercial will run as a statewide cable buy for the next few weeks.
"Even though New Jersey has an efficient, award-winning lottery, Gov. Christie is stubbornly seeking to privatize it. This is a big gamble in terms of both job loss and our state's economy," said Seth Hahn, legislative and political director for CWA New Jersey. "With one in ten New Jerseyans already out-of-work, lottery privatization is a bad deal which would make foreign corporations rich while making things worse for taxpayers and small businesses."
The state is now reviewing the one and only bid to run the sales and marketing functions of the state lottery. It's a partnership comprised of Italian, Canadian and New York-owned groups.
As CWA's ad points out, billions of dollars could go to these politically-connected foreign companies, while New Jersey small businesses stand to lose customers and revenue. A study by the Asian American Retailers Association found that 7,000 jobs would be lost in New Jersey if the lottery were privatized.