USA Today – Gov. Chris Christie isn’t planning to intervene in the closings of three Atlantic City casinos over the coming weeks but says he’s committed to finding a way to bolster the region’s economic health.
Casino workers facing jobs losses gathered outside the Ocean City Music Pier and chanted “save our jobs” and “five-year promise” as the governor arrived for a town hall meeting Thursday. Christie, in 2010, unveiled his first-term recovery plan for Atlantic City and said the tourism district needed five years to reverse its fortunes.
Christie told the audience that a Sept. 8 summit he has scheduled for the region’s stakeholders could find a way to stem further job losses but conceded it’s probably too late to stop the round of closings that begins with Showboat Aug. 31.
Christie said he can’t order Showboat to stay open and he didn’t mention offering any financial incentives, adding that he’s not “the CEO of Showboat.”
“I don’t want to run Showboat,” he said. “I cannot and will not order any private enterprise that they have to stay open.”
Revel and Trump Plaza are slated to close in September. Revel officials announced that facility’s shutdown this week.