Atlantic City Casinos Start to Reopen

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Atlantic City's casinos are reopening for the first time since last Sunday, when the approaching Superstorm Sandy forced them to close their doors.

Gov. Chris Christie gave the order Friday morning, allowing the city's struggling gambling industry to try to restart after a second forced shutdown in two years. The casinos were closed last year for three days when Tropical Storm Irene hit the coast.

One of the first customers at the Golden Nugget when it reopened was Joyce Dean, who lives in Atlantic City and says she was "cooped up" with her sister. She says she's glad to be able to make her "daily visit" to the casino.

Other casinos are opening Friday afternoon, but it's not clear when all of the Atlantic City casinos will be back in operation. State regulators are approving the reopening plans individually.

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