As the new developer of the stalled Xanadu retail and amusement mall project at the Meadowlands explores public financing options such as bond sales and tax breaks — possibly for as much as $1 billion — skeptics question whether a concept that worked in the hinterlands will succeed in New Jersey.

"It's a market they've never played in," former acting Gov. Richard Codey, still a state senator, said of the Triple Five Group of Companies, owner of marquee shopping malls in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Bloomington, Minn.

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