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Atlantic City Casinos to Reopen Today

29 August 2011 by admin

new_jerseyToday at noon, the Atlantic City casinos are set to reopen after being closed for a storm over the weekend. It was only the third time in history that all eleven casinos were closed at the same time.

It was one of the many overreactions to Irene, the once-hurricane that was a tropical storm when it hit New Jersey. While it’s true that the American northeast isn’t used to getting hit by hurricanes and tropical storms, the level of hype that the media and politicians tried to stir up seemed inappropriate to anyone who is used to the storms. In the end, a lot of people ended up without power, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg violated people’s civil rights as usual, but there wasn’t much else that the storm did to the northeast. Well, aside from shut down the casinos.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was one of the politicians that overreacted to the storm, and he continues to say that the government’s response saved lives. Whether you agree or not, the mandatory evacuation of coastal areas of New Jersey, including Atlantic City, put the economy at a standstill. Though the storm caused some flooding, none of the casinos are believed to have been damaged and all are expected to reopen for business at noon today.

According to authorities, though, it may be difficult for gamblers to get to the casinos. Many of the highways heading into Atlantic City are blocked by flooding or downed trees. If the residents hadn’t evacuated they would be able to get to the casinos but getting from outside of the area back to Atlantic City could be difficult.

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