The anniversary of the vote that led to casino gaming in Atlantic City is the theme of the latest episode of “-30-,” The Press of Atlantic City’s television show, which will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Stockton University’s channel.
Nov. 2 marks the 40th anniversary of the vote. The move meant to help the then-struggling resort has had mixed results.
Here’s the lineup for the show:
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• We take a look back at how the casino legislation came to be and how it affected Atlantic City and area residents. Former Mayor Lorenzo Langford, former Assemblyman and state Sen. Steven Perskie and longtime Atlantic City resident Ellwood Davis talk about the birth of casinos in the resort.
• At one time there were a dozen casinos operating in Atlantic City. Many more were planned but never built. Staff Writer Nicholas Huba talks with former Press reporter and current Casino Control Commission spokesman Daniel Heneghan about the many, and sometimes offbeat, plans for casinos that never came to fruition.
• Voters will decide in November whether casino expansion will be allowed in North Jersey, a controversial idea that has divided the state. Huba and Staff Writer Christian Hetrick analyze the pros and cons of casino gaming outside Atlantic City.
• Finally, we look at the last days of Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, the latest casino to close. Press photographers document how the casino looked and how people felt about the closing, including the union members who had been striking at the casino for more than 100 days only to watch it fold.
Each week, “-30-” explores the stories behind the region’s major events and newsmakers. The show is produced by Press staffers working with Stockton students.
The show airs on Stockton’s public access channel 9. Most residents of Atlantic County can watch channel 9 through Comcast cable, and segments can be watched anytime at PressofAC.com/30.
New episodes run each Thursday and are re-aired at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 5 p.m. Tuesdays.
The half-hour episodes cover the same range of topics as the paper: news, lifestyle, sports and business.