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AC-area pols seek 4 month delay in casino closings

Local News | Jul 23, 2014

AC-area pols seek 4 month delay in casino closings

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Three Atlantic City-area state lawmakers want New Jersey casino regulators to force the Showboat and Trump Plaza to remain open at least four more months, in order to let prospective buyers for the casinos kick the tires.

Sen. James Whelan, a former Atlantic City mayor, and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Chris Brown wrote Tuesday to the state Casino Control Commission, asking for the delay.

They also say companies that close a casino should not be allowed to bar a new owner from running the site as a casino.

The politicians want to avoid what they call the “nightmare” of a string of vacant casinos along the Boardwalk.

There was no immediate comment from the casino companies or the Casino Control Commission.

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