Target: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Goal: Save Atlantic City from losing more business and jobs
At the end of 2014, four casinos will have closed and thousands will find themselves out of a job. As a result, New Jersey governor Chris Christie is holding an emergency summit with legislators, local leaders, and casino owners in September in order to save Atlantic City.
Historically, Atlantic City owed its fame to legalized gambling. However, with more states like Pennsylvania legalizing casinos, the boardwalk has lost a lot of its appeal. In fact, according to a Washington Post article, Pennsylvania is now the state with the second-largest gambling industry, replacing New Jersey.
With the closing of the Atlantic Club, Trump Plaza, Showboat, and the Revel, New Jersey will put 8,000 employees out of work. Particularly, the Revel just opened in 2012 and received a $261 million subsidy from the state in exchange for the state earning one-fifth of the profits. The closure of the Revel alone will leave 3,100 workers without a job. The closures will injure a city that is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and that faces a 14 percent unemployment rate.
As a result, the goal of the summit is to find ways diversify its industries. Similar to Las Vegas, many are hoping to build attractions and appeal to business owners in order to lure more traffic to the area. Thus, by signing the petition below, you will urge lawmakers to help save Atlantic City, which has long been a vibrant part of New Jersey’s history and economic success.
Dear Governor Chris Christie,
Atlantic City is one of New Jersey’s historical gems, responsible for attracting tourists from around the country for years. After Hurricane Sandy and competition from neighboring states, Atlantic City is losing its appeal. Therefore, I applaud your initiative to hold a summit in order to restore the boardwalk’s appeal.
At the end of 2014, four casinos will have closed and roughly 8,000 workers will be put out of work. Currently, Atlantic City is facing an unemployment rate of 14 percent. For these reasons, the objectives behind the summit should revolve around attracting more businesses and creating more sources of entertainment. Thus, I urge you and the attendees of this summit to find ways to help heal Atlantic City and bring prosperity back to the neighborhood.
[Your Name Here]
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