Atlantic City officially regained two of its closed casino/resorts Thursday as The Hard Rock, which was the former Trump Taj Mahal, and the Revel, now the Ocean Club, reopened for business. Roughly 6,000 of the 11,000 jobs eliminated in recent years due to a series of property shutdowns have now be recouped.
The city had lost five of its 12 casinos since 2014, as nearby states passed new casino gambling laws that gradually siphoned away business from the seaside haven that had been the only place in the U.S. outside Nevada with casinos.
“We believe in Atlantic City,” said Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International. “We truly believe that Atlantic City’s best days are in front of it.”
The two revitalized casino/resorts reopened a day ahead of schedule Wednesday afternoon after early clearance by New Jersey gambling regulators.