Donald Trump spent more than 20 years in the Atlantic City casino business, employing several thousand local residents and generating millions in tax income for the state. Dating back to the early 1980s when he first entered the resort industry, Trump operated and owned three casinos on the Boardwalk in what was then considered the gambling mecca regarding the East Coast.
In 1990, Donald Trump went all-in on Atlantic City, but today his business dealings are increasingly being criticized by some whom hold the billionaire partially responsible for the gambling destination’s dismal current state that is fiscal. (Image: Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
Fast-forward to 2016, and the Republican frontrunner for the presidential general election is currently dealing with backlash, perhaps not only for the ultimate fate of their Atlantic City casinos, but also for exactly what role he perhaps played in your community’s current and ongoing downturn.
A former 2016 GOP candidate who has since endorsed Trump, defended the billionaire on Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
‘He is a person that is honorable and I don’t think he’s ever been an office-holder in Atlantic City,’ Christie told reporters. ‘ I don’t remember Donald being mayor,’ he included, an apparent dig at current AC Mayor Don Guardian, for whom the Governor has no love destroyed.
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