Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jersey to take over Atlantic City

Not a joke.

The state of New Jersey, under a proposal by Governor Chris Christie, is planning to take over the administration of Atlantic City (the gaming district only). The state will take over municipal functions like policing and garbage disposal and also plans to expand non-gaming facilities to compete with the new Pennsylvania and Delaware options. Gaming regulations might get re-written to make the action a bit looser (Razz on the way, anyone?). Basically, they are planning a complete overhaul in order to bring in more families and gamblers.

Bravo, I say. Governments motivated by money can accomplish miracles, although they can also destroy industries. Who knows which way this is going to go? Time will tell...


The Poker Meister said...

Last time I was there, July 4th weekend, I left under the statement "I can't wait to never go back!" AC is dead unless they take drastic measures to make it a Las Vegas of the East coast. They've had 20+ years to get their act together and have been neglecting to do so. I guess you reap what you sow. It's going to be years before they can catch up & make themselves into a "destination area" instead of a "gamblers' haven."

BTW, add West Virginia to the mix of new options - 45 minutes from DC is Charles Town which is slowing getting up to speed.

Gerald Mclean said...

Regulations is the regulations made under the Gaming Control Act, 1992.