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No Dice; Budget Battle Shuts Down Atlantic City Casinos


Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City’s famed casinos were forced to shut down at 8 a.m. July 5th due to the New Jersey Legislature’s inability to pass a new state budget by the July 1 deadline but  the city’s hotels and exhibition halls remained open. Gov. Jon Corzine ordered non-essential state offices closed and furloughed more than half of the state’s employees.

Among those workers told to stay home were Casino Control Commission inspectors, a move that required the gaming areas to be closed to the public for the first time in 28 years. “The casino floors have shut down, but the other amenities are still available,” said Mike Bruckler, media relations manager for the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. “The hotels are still open.” The next event scheduled for the Atlantic City Convention Center is the Penn Atlantic Nursery Trade Show July 25-28.

Reach Gary Musich, vice president of convention development, ACCVA, at (609) 449-7101 or