Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland: “This governor had the courage to tackle a very, very difficult situation.”

Congressman Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd: “I think in five years, when this place is rocking and rolling, we’ll all say, ‘Remember that cold day when the governor laid this groundwork.’”

Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic: “Without some kind of immediate policy intervention, the casino industry cannot and will not survive. The bills that Gov. Christie signed today are a strong start, and will begin to put our casino industry on surer fiscal footing.”

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Assemblyman Vince Polistina, R-Atlantic, praised the final version of the bills, which after much amendment constituted “comprehensive reforms.” “These laws mark the beginning of a revival in Atlantic City that will bring sorely needed jobs and economic growth to our region,” Polistina said.

Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-Atlantic, said, “These laws will allow us to take full advantage of the city’s world-class gaming, beaches, entertainment, hotels and restaurants to repackage Atlantic City as a flourishing tourist destination. That transformation begins today.”

Bob Griffin, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey: “The long-term revitalization of Atlantic City begins today, and we are proud to be a partner in that effort.”

Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Tropicana Casino and Resort: “This is a great day for the city. It helps reset it to go forward. With this type of leadership, it shows how important Atlantic City is to the governor.”

Bob Boughner, president and COO of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa:

“The most significant aspect is the governor’s signing of the re-regulation bill, which should enable the city to move forward and make things happen. The clean and safe initiative needs to be not only one of perception, but of reality. And exploring ways to better market Atlantic City is also extremely important. This is a destination that deserves to be marketed in a fresher way. My belief is that the properties that continue to reinvest in themselves will be rewarded as a result of successful marketing.”



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