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Commission: Can’t force casinos to stay open 4 mos

Local News | Aug 12, 2014

Commission: Can’t force casinos to stay open 4 mos

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Casino Control Commission says it can’t force the owners of two casinos threatened with closure to stay open another four months while new buyers are sought.

Three Atlantic City-area state lawmakers last month asked the commission to force the Showboat and Trump Plaza to remain open past their expected closings dates this summer.

In an Aug. 1 letter, Commission Chairman Matthew Levinson told state Sen. James Whelan and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Chris Brown that deciding when to close a casino is a private business decision, beyond the commission’s authority.

The politicians also say companies that close a casino should not be allowed to bar a new owner from running the site as a casino. But the commission says it can’t require that, either.