Conn. hotels profit from A.C. shutdown

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.

Twenty-three percent of gamblers went elsewhere; 3% zoomed off to Las Vegas.

The biggest 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 gamble.

Eighty-six percent of respondents were aware of the budget impasse and the casino shutdown, which was an unprecedented event in history of Atlantic City.

Seventy-eight 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.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michael Milligan at [email protected].

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