Gov. Chris Christie visited Revel, the new casino in Atlantic City, Tuesday morning. He was greeted by hundreds of employees and took a tour with casino executives. The governor said the $2.4 billion project has helped to create thousands of jobs and believes Revel will help stimulate the casino industry and the region.
Revel is the first new casino in Atlantic City in years. Financial problems stalled the project several years ago, but the state offered tax incentives to help get it back on track.
“The state is not just a verbal partner, but an actual partner, putting forward significant state money to make sure that this building and infrastructure around it supports the type of crowds that I know we’re going to get here,” Christie said.
Christie also discussed the Office of Legislative Services (OLS), which predicted that revenues for the state won’t be as high as his estimates. He said they were wrong last year by $500 million and biased, following whatever the majority is in the Legislature.
The OLS also reportedly stated that Christie’s college merger plan must go through the Legislature. The governor said he was not opposed to working with the Legislature on the issue, but he would rather do it with executive action to make the process more efficient.
NJToday Senior Correspondent Desiree Taylor reports from Atlantic City.