ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., (CBS) —  Governor Chris Christie has announced that he will convene a bipartisan summit of state and local leaders to address the future of Atlantic City and kick off a working group to address the challenges confronting Atlantic City and its changing landscape.

On Tuesday, company officials announced Revel Casino Hotel will shut down next month after failing to find a buyer in bankruptcy court.

“There is no doubt that Atlantic City faces real challenges as the city undergoes revitalization, which is why this summit of key policymakers, local leaders and stakeholders is needed to be an active part of the conversation as to how we can best address these issues that have a broader impact on the broader region and our state as a whole,” said Governor Christie in a news release.

According to the Governor’s office, the summit will aim to bring together a group representing a mix of state and local policymakers and stakeholders, including state legislative and Christie Administration officials, county and local government officials, Atlantic City’s casino industry and labor representatives, nonprofit organizations dedicated to the City’s revitalization, and individuals with experience and expertise of New Jersey’s gaming, sports, and entertainment issues.

The summit will take place on September 8 and will be led by Governor Christie.  Invitees will include, but are not limited to, the following leaders and stakeholder groups:


  • Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney
  • General Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto
  • Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr.
  • General Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick
  • Christie Administration Cabinet Officials
  • District 2 Legislators Representing Atlantic City: Senator Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Chris Brown and Vincent Mazzeo
  • Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson
  • Mayor of Atlantic City Don Guardian
  • Casino Industry Officials
  • Organized Labor Officials
  • Nonprofit organizations dedicated to the City’s revitalization, including the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Atlantic City Alliance
  • Other individuals with experience and expertise of New Jersey’s gaming, sports, and entertainment issues


The Governor’s office says Chairman Jon Hanson and the other members of the New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission will spearhead efforts following the summit, including making recommendations and plotting out how to best implement any consensus ideas, concepts, or reforms arising out of the summit.



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