NJ Governor Chris Christie smacked down proposed legislation that would have kept the Taj Mahal Casino shuttered for 5 years. The local jobs market cheered at the announcement.
Christie called the bill “a transparent attempt to punish the owner of the Taj Mahal casino” for cutting his losses, after months of union picketing at his Boardwalk doorsteps.
Owner Carl Icahn was forced to close TAJ MAHAL casino doors this past summer. Union chief Bob McDevitt and Local 54 effectively killed the TAJ business via picketing, in July & August of 2016. It was game of chicken where everybody lost.
Adding insult to injury, legislation was drafted to empower union heads, but keep thousands of casino employees out of work.
S-2575/A-4187 (Sweeney, Whelan/Burzichelli) – ABSOLUTE – Disqualifies casino license applicant for five-year period if person substantially closed casino property in State; revokes license; reinstates license eligibility under certain circumstances
NOTE: Legislation to keep TAJ closed for 5 years was proposed by Senators Sweeney, Whelan & Burzichelli. It was supported by Assemblymen Chris Brown & Vince Mazzeo.