By John Montone, 1010 WINS
As I navigated my boat, the MOJO, across Great Bay in South Jersey last week I came upon one giant relic and maybe another bigger one.
The “Stink House,” as it is known locally is a former fish-processing factory. The building which sits on a small island is now nothing but rusting steel, rotting wood and crumbling concrete. Passing it by, I could see in the distance the approaching Atlantic City skyline with the gleaming Revel casino like a massive exclamation point at its north end. A $2.4-billion exclamation point for an awful public policy gamble.
Over the next few weeks, Revel and two other Atlantic City casinos will croak. As I reported Wednesday on 1010 WINS radio, not since Springsteen sang, “They blew up the chicken man in Philly last night,” has A.C. faced tougher times. Tens of thousands of jobs will be lost and the city that was once home to the, “Boardwalk Empire” will be a poorer and more hopeless place to live.