For the first time in 22 years, the Miss New Jersey pageant is in a new location. But as it is, no one dares to confirm if Atlantic City and Resorts Casino Superstar Theater is going to be the permanent home of the competition. But one thing is sure, the preliminaries to Miss America, who are also looking for a new home, begin last week.
As the old saying goes, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Maybe the relocation of Miss NJ could entice Miss America to use the same location? Who knows? But before diving into speculation, let’s find out why Miss NJ move to Atlantic City.
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Atlantic City’s modern renaissance has not escaped anyone. And what better way to keep the City thriving then adding a popular show to the many line-ups. Apparently, generating buzz to the City was a plus. But they’re other reasons why the pageant moved from Music Pier to Resorts Casino.
Miss New Jersey Education Foundation Executive Director David Holtzman, explained. “We’ve kind of outgrown that facility, and we’ve sold out over the last few years. So moving it to a larger venue that fits the bill simply makes sense.”
The Superstar Theater has room to sit 1,350 spectators. Plus, it already has a runway, a stage, and enough dressing rooms for all 28 contestants. But is it big enough for Miss America? Perhaps not… Yet, it doesn’t mean that AC isn’t attractive for pageants as Holtzman, confirmed. In fact, he had his eyes on America’s favourite playground for years.
Overcoming the hiccups
Naturally, since both Miss America and Miss NJ awards scholarships to contestants. Many participants are under 21 years old. And as you know in NJ, a parent or guardian need to accompany a minor when visiting a casino or a hotel. “It’s a new era of Miss New Jersey and new situations for many of us, but you have to be flexible.” Said the organization staff who quickly overcame the hurdle.