New Jersey’s Assembly passed a bill Monday that would allow Revel and future casinos to open beach bars in the Atlantic City Tourism District.

The bill, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Chris A. Brown, R-Atlantic, allows casinos that started operating after Aug. 31, 2011, such as Revel, to open the beach bars. They were previously not allowed to do so.

In a statement Brown said the bill will encourage development in the resort.

“Beach bars have become a important draw for casinos to attract people who want to unwind and enjoy the surf and sand,” Brown, R-Atlantic, said.

The bill was previously approved in the Senate and now must be signed by Gov. Chris Christie before it can become law.

Joel Landau