Government shutdown threatens the new businesses in AC. A Greenlight could turn into a red light if we believe the rumors. Indeed, it seems that a government shutdown is imminent on June 30th. And it could happen just after the opening of NJ’s newest casinos open. But, senator Chris Brown call on Murphy to prevent the new businesses from the suffering of the budget gridlock in Trenton. In fact, Brown is asking Murphy to execute an order so that the Casinos and Racetracks won’t close if the government shut down.
“We need to ensure a government shutdown will not destroy the momentum of sports betting & the opening of Hard Rock & Ocean Resort. So 27K middle-class families can earn a decent living.” Tweeted Senator Chris A brown on the 22 of June.
The law says that…
In case you didn’t know, NJ’s law states that; “casinos and racetracks have to close when a government shutdown persists for more than seven days”. And history tells us that it’s happened in the past. In fact, perhaps you’ll remember the first shutdown in NJ in 2006. Which of course resulted in significant revenue loss for the casinos. And should this happen now, it would be dramatic for Atlantic City’s new businesses.
A simple way of avoiding a shutdown.
The simplest way to avoid this would be for Murphy to execute an order. In essence, the mandate would “essentialize employees” that work in casinos and racetracks. This isn’t a new solution it seems since Christie did that in 2010.
Brown also added in a recent press release. “It’s unbelievable to me Trenton would force the casinos to shut their doors during the busiest time of the year. Especially as our gaming industry is turning the corner and improving our local economy by putting families back to work.”
Meanwhile, Brown is working with State Senators Jim Beach, and Jeff Van Drew to prevent this from happening. Although Murphy would still need to sign the new law to validate it. So, stay tuned we’ll update you on this matter the minute we hear of anything new on this front.