Friday, December 19, 2014

Christie pledges to help A.C. casino employees

Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting in Ocean City, NJ, August 14, 2014.  ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )
Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting in Ocean City, NJ, August 14, 2014. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie vowed yesterday to do everything he can to help laid-off Atlantic City casino workers find new jobs after the hotels they work for close next month.

Revel Casino Hotel, the city's newest resort, announced this week that it will shut down next month after just over two years in business. Atlantic City started the year with 12 casinos but will have just eight remaining by fall.

"I am engaged, I am working and we're going to do everything we can to try to make sure that we keep you safe and secure and employed," Christie said as he kicked off his latest "No Pain, No Gain" summer town-hall event.

Previous town-hall events this summer have featured protests by retirees and political and labor groups. But yesterday's ranks were dominated by casino workers who urged Christie to do more to help save their jobs.

"He should be stepping up and do something to help these families that will be devastated," said one of the protesters, Paula Dougherty, who works as a cocktail waitress at the Trump Plaza, which is scheduled to close Sept. 16. She said her husband is a dealer at Revel and was told his last day would be Sunday.

Christie told those gathered that he couldn't force private businesses to stay open, but he reaffirmed his commitment to the city.

"I'm going to work as I hard as I can with you and for you to make sure that you're working," he said.

 

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