Bill Introduced to Expand Casino Authority's Role in Atlantic City

On Monday, a New Jersey Senate committee released Bill S11, which calls for the establishment of the Atlantic City Tourism District, broadens the power and duties of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, and transfers the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority and its functions to the CRDA. Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie called for state involvement in the operation of Atlantic City's casino and tourism industries and called for a new regulatory agency to oversee resort gaming. State Sen. Jim Whelan, a former mayor of the city, told the Press of Atlantic City he believes Christie will agree to letting the CRDA run the tourism district, rather than forming a new agency. At press time, Christie's office had not returned calls to M&C to confirm.