All 12 Atlantic City casinos have now reopened after being forced to close due to Tropical Storm Sandy last week, Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday afternoon, Nov. 5.
The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel was the final casino to reopen Monday morning, Christie said. Casinos began reopening on Friday afternoon, Nov. 2, and continued to open throughout the weekend.
They were mandated to close as of Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, in preparation for the storm. Atlantic City was given mandatory evacuation orders, and those were lifted on Friday. At the same time, Chrisite announced the casinos could begin to reopen, and after on-site inspections to ensure public safety, they began reopening at 4 p.m.
"This has been an extremely difficult time for Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey. With the re-opening of the casinos, the employees and the residents can now move forward to welcome visitors back to Atlantic City," Christie said.
"I commend the casinos for working cooperatively with the Division of Gaming Enforcement during this time of extreme emergency," Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck said. "As recovery efforts continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this reopening is another important step and symbol in our state's recovery and return to normalcy for New Jersey residents."