The New Jersey state budget impasse that
forced Atlantic City's casinos to shut down for two days in July
caused 49% of visitors to cancel their plans to go to Atlantic
City, according to a Harris Interactive survey.
percent of gamblers went elsewhere; 3% zoomed off to Las
beneficiaries of Atlantic City's casino shutdown were Connecticut's
two casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods. The survey found 13% of
gamblers originally headed to Atlantic City went to Connecticut.
Six percent went to Atlantic City even though they could not
of respondents were aware of the budget impasse and the casino
shutdown, which was an unprecedented event in history of Atlantic
percent blamed lawmakers and 58% blamed N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine for
the shutdown; 5% blamed the casinos.
The survey was
conducted from July 7 to July 10 and included travelers ages 21 and
older in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New
Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,
Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
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