Christie Not Giving Up On Atlantic City
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
July 22, 2013
Governor Chris Christie says he still believes Atlantic City can be a thriving entertainment and gambling center.
Gambling revenues in Atlantic City are down for the seventh straight year, but luxury tax revenues from non-gambling attractions are increasing.
Christie says casino operators and the government need to reinvest in the city to make it more attractive and welcoming for visitors.
“We’re two-and-a-half years into a five year plan, and I’m not happy with the results at the moment. That may mean that we need to take some more action when the legislature comes back into session after the election, but we’re going to continue to plug away on it. I am not giving up on Atlantic City.”
Christie says the state is continuing its push to legalize sports betting to help differentiate Atlantic City from casino competitors in nearby states.
“I think we can still turn it into the type of destination resort it needs to be turned into given that we now have the gambling competition that we have all around us.”