Atlantic City, Revived.
To many, three days is a quick long weekend but to the Atlantic City gambing industry, it was an eternity after casinos abruptly shut their doors July 5 due to a state budget crises that sidelined 45,000 employees, including casino inspectors. And without their law-bound presence, casinos had to go on lockdown.
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine signed a $30 billion compromise-spending plan July 8, which officially ended the budget nightmare and the 12 casino-hotels once again opened their doors to eager gamers and their nearly 36,000 employees. Also forthcoming with his signature was an executive order to resume lottery ticket sales and reopen state parks and beaches.
The timing, being at the height of summer and during the Fourth of July weekend, couldn’t have been worse and Corzine expressed regret that the budget was finally adopted eight days after the July 1 deadline imposed by the state Constitution. He said it was "something that should not have occurred and can never be repeated."