Government Officials: Tentative Agreement on Casino Measure

New Jersey's state Senate has approved a bill to allow voters to decide whether to expand casino gambling to the northern part of the state.

But the vote may be irrelevant. Two government officials told The Associated Press that both houses of the Legislature have a tentative agreement on a single bill in the next session that would guarantee a $1 billion minimum investment in any new northern New Jersey casino.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the pending agreement publicly.

That bill would need to be passed by a 3/5ths majority in the new session, which begins Tuesday.

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