FOXBORO (CBS) – Robert Kraft and casino developer Steve Wynn made their pitch to bring a casino to Foxboro.

Kraft and Wynn want people to hear them out and understand exactly what’s being considered.

They have a lot of people to convince. Protesters have already started mobilizing to show their strong opposition to a Foxboro casino.

WBZ-TV’s Jon Keller Is At Large

They took their pitch public with a round of media interviews Monday. And most notably, they’re using the argument that helped get casinos over the hump on Beacon Hill this year: We need new jobs here, badly, and this is the quickest way to create them.

And it was clear that Wynn was eager to dispel the protesters’ visions of Vegas on Route 1. Instead, he sees a convention and entertainment complex with the casino discretely tucked away.

“If you’re with your family, if you’re staying in the hotel or going to the spa or the convention facilities or going shopping or to eat, you don’t have to deal with the casino, you don’t even know it’s there,” says Wynn.

Wynn says the facility would have to be a full casino, not just a slots parlor.

“Under no circumstances would I operate a racino, it’s not in our DNA,” he says.

But what about the DNA of Foxboro and its neighbors?

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones spoke with Jonathan Kraft

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias spoke with Foxboro residents

Bob Kraft answers that question with a question: What happens to the area if job growth continues to sputter?

“I’m worried about what’s gonna happen to the social fabric if we don’t bring jobs back to America,” says Kraft, “and here we have an opportunity in this community to create 10,000 new jobs.”

Let the chips fall where they may.

Comments (9)
  1. mikey says:

    “Show me the money!” – that’s what this is about. My condolences to those who live in Foxboro and the surrounding communities should this casino plan come to fruition. A three-ring-circus that never shuts down.

  2. Liz says:

    As a Foxboro resident I am horrified at the idea. We deal with the traffic of Patriots Place with grace, but bringing that circus (as mikey put it), is not only something we don’t want to put up with but goes against the integrity of this town. I appreciate that Kraft wants Foxboro to have a legacy, and that he wants to create jobs… but he’s going about it the wrong way.

  3. Sean says:

    I feel for the residents. Traffic is already insane during games and concerts, the piolice force is already overworked and under staffed, and now they have the threat of thousands more people and thousands of more vehicles. Unfortunately money talks in this state so no matter how much residents complain a casino is getting built in fox boor

  4. Rick says:

    All you fruitcakes this is why americas doomed..people like you….not in our backyard…not in anyones when it’s all done..we need jobs and to bring america back to where it was..not where it is now…all this political correct crap and all this bickering over development,,though lets keep buikding empty industrial parks and malls..gimmee a break

  5. chilitokid says:

    gambling and the NFL go hand in hand…..just ask Krafty Bob why the Pats let a scrub destroy their defense in the 4th quarter.
    I’m a betting man and I’ll bet a bundle Kraft gets his way….we’ll call it a lock!!

  6. Vanessa Wright says:

    Hah, Italy protesters rally against Berlusconi

  7. GW Bush says:

    Wynn is just plain lying saying that jobs will pay 20 bucks an hour and home prices will go up in Foxboro. Most of the jobs are cleaning jobs that will pay little. Dealers at Foxwoods make 5.90 an hour plus tips. These workers will not be near able to afford a home in Foxboro.
    More hookers, drug dealers, drunks and addicts will swarm into the area. Elderly people will lose tons of money making these two billionaires richer.

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