By David Madden

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CBS) – The owners of the Hard Rock Casino franchise are asking New Jersey regulators for clearance to, perhaps, get involved in Atlantic City gaming.

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This is not the first time they’ve tested the waters, so to speak, down the shore.

Hard Rock has long been rumored as a potential owner or operator and even flirted with building a small casino, only to back off.

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Today, they’re seeking what’s called a “statement of compliance” from the Casino Control Commission. An explanation from commission spokesman Dan Hennigan:

“They have asked us to rule on whether or not they possess the good character, honesty, integrity, the business ability, the financial stability — all of these requirements that they would have to meet when they get to the point that they want to get a license.”

That’s not to say they’ll go for one, but if they do, it will make the licensing process easier and quicker.

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In asking for the review, the Hard Rock did not indicate any specific project or property they might have in mind.