Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman is asking New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to come up with a plan to safely reopen Atlantic City casinos by the July 4 weekend.
“The Atlantic City metro area saw a stunning 32% decline in employment, and we run the real risk of having one or more casinos stay shuttered if the casinos can’t capitalize on Fourth of July weekend, which would result in thousands of middle-class and working-class residents losing their jobs,” Suleiman said, as reported by New Jersey Globe. “The casinos weren’t ready for a Memorial Day weekend opening, but if we start now and if strict social distancing and cleanliness standards are established, then a July 4th opening is a realistic goal.”
The Democratic county chairman wants Murphy to include service industry labor unions like UNITE-HERE Local 54 to be involved in formulating a casino reopening plan, as well as several key building trades unions.