Atlantic City, Casinos Reopened to the Public
The order was passed down by Gov. Christie Friday morning.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, Atlantic City is back in business.
Gov. Chris Christie announced travel restrictions into the city were lifted and the casinos were reopened as of 10 a.m.
Division of Gaming Enforcement investigators and personnel have been assigned to each property to ensure compliance with internal control issues and to complete a final authorization to commence operations, according to the Governor's Office.
Division Director David Rebuck said a complete analysis of casino properties has been completed, according to Christie. This includes the casino floors, its equipment, surveillance, security and gaming related computer systems, Christie said.
“I have extreme confidence in Division of Gaming Enforcement staff as they begin the re-opening process of gaming operations in Atlantic City,” Christie said.
“This has been an extremely difficult time for the City of Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey," Rebuck said. “The cooperation of Governor Christie, state and local officials and the casino executives has been outstanding and we commend all those who have responded and worked with our staff throughout the events of Hurricane Sandy.
“Maintaining the integrity of casino operations is paramount. We will continue ongoing dialogue with the properties to ensure a smooth and cohesive re-opening as quickly as possible."
Atlantic City was shut down along with four other barrier islands as of Sunday, 4 p.m., in preparation for Sandy, which hit Atlantic City directly Monday night.
Brigantine, Longport and Margate reopened Thursday afternoon, leaving Ventnor as the only island that is still not accessible as of Friday morning.