A.C. – The Only Spot for Gaming in Jersey, if Christie Has His Way
During his press conference in Atlantic City yesterday, and again yesterday evening on the monthly Ask The Governor show heard here on SoJO 104.9, NJ Governor Chris Christie is not supporting any additional casino gambling in the state outside of Atlantic County.
Gov. Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney (who was also at the Resorts press conference to announce the new venture with Margaritaville) said they do not support adding casino gambling to the Meadowlands Racetrack for at least several more years despite a state Assembly hearing held last week on such a possibility.
Hoa Nguyen from The Press of Atlantic City was out on the A.C. Boardwalk yesterday and reports that Christie feels Atlantic City needs “at least five years of clear sailing” to improve its profitability and rebound from a revenue slump in the face of gambling competition from casinos that recently opened in Pennsylvania and New York.
Christie defended this fact last night on Ask The Governor with Eric Scott, explaining that Atlantic City is making a transition from the “day tripping” casino goer, to having people come to A.C. as a vacation spot, defending the development of places like Revel Resort and the 2013 arrival of Maragritaville at Resorts – Christie believes “unique destinations” for the A.C. Boardwalk will be a key to the future.
Many other keys are crucial for Atlantic City gaming, and Nguyen touches on this in his Press of A.C. report (the link to his story can be clicked on 2 paragraphs up).