Exhausting Rock Atlantic Metropolis has issued a memo to its workers informing them that they have to obtain firm approval earlier than discussing related gaming issues with members of the media.
First obtained by Politico, the Exhausting Rock memo tells the resort’s greater than 3,600 workers that they need to chorus from talking with the media on behalf of the on line casino. All media entry requests have to be permitted by Exhausting Rock Atlantic Metropolis’s public relations director.
Solely approved and permitted staff members are permitted to characterize the property within the media. This contains radio call-ins, TV interviews, and/or feedback to newspaper and journal writers,” the memo warns.
The letter goes on to inform employees members that they don’t seem to be to reply to media inquiries.
“DO NOT try and reply questions from a reporter,” the memo states. “They [journalist] should undergo public relations. Present the journalist an e-mail deal with or telephone quantity for a public relations staff member to contact.”
Exhausting Rock Atlantic Metropolis President Joe Lupo additionally heads up the On line casino Affiliation of New Jersey (CANJ). Lupo himself has been the topic of latest detrimental publicity for feedback he made throughout a February luncheon with the Public Relations Council of Higher Atlantic Metropolis.
Throughout his deal with, Lupo scolded an effort amongst some resort staff to ban indoor on line casino smoking. Teams equivalent to On line casino Workers In opposition to Smoking Results (CEASE) have come out in help of laws being pushed in Trenton to finish the casinos’ clear indoor air loophole.
Lupo downplayed the opposition among the many gaming business’s workforce.
“I don’t imagine that 30 individuals strolling down the boardwalk represents the 21,000 workers which can be employed within the casinos,” Lupo stated.
The remark instantly garnered backlash from CEASE.
Joe Lupo shouldn’t be mocking on line casino workers who merely desire a protected office. Whether or not it’s 30 staff or the 1000’s who’ve joined CEASE, we deserve respect and a voice in our personal well being and security,” responded Pete Naccarelli, co-founder of CEASE.
Naccarelli went on to say that Lupo “is main the battle to maintain forcing us to breathe secondhand smoke on the job.” CEASE later demanded an apology from Lupo, an attraction that went unfulfilled.
New Jersey lawmakers proceed to mull two items of laws within the Senate and Normal Meeting. These would repeal the casinos’ indoor smoking exemption offered to them below the state’s 2006 clear air act. The payments proceed to draw legislative cosponsors.
Senate Invoice 264 — authored and launched in January by Senators Shirley Turney (D-Hunterdon, Mercer) and Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) — has since garnered 14 Senate cosponsors. Meeting Invoice 2151 — launched in February by Assemblypersons William Moen (D-Camden, Gloucester), Paul Moriarty (D-Camden, Gloucester), and Herb Conway (D-Burlington), has attracted the signatures of 32 cosponsors.
However earlier than the lawmakers can vote on the laws, the payments should first move their assigned committees. With robust hostility from the gaming business, the payments have stalled of their respective chamber well being committees.
SB 264 rests with the Senate Well being, Human Companies, and Senior Residents Committee. AB 2151 stays with the Meeting Well being Committee.