TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two of the most important changes to the way Atlantic City has done business for the past 30-plus years are up for votes in the New Jersey Senate Monday.
Bills to create a casino district with much greater state oversight and to loosen the amount of regulation that govern the city’s 11 casinos will be considered.
They’re part of Gov. Chris Christie’s push to assert greater control over the nation’s second-largest gambling market. It has been reeling for the past four years from competition from casinos in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. The city also has been slow to recover from the economic downturn.
Christie had wanted the full package of Atlantic City reforms passed by the end of the day. The state Assembly balked, putting off votes until next month.
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