New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, was on the Gulf Coast Wednesday. Christie often is mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for the White House. Officially, Governor Christie was on the Coast to raise money for the Republican Governors Association, which he is the Chairman of.
Christie spoke to donors Wednesday afternoon at the Biloxi Visitors Center. Many speculate this trip may be about Christie drumming up support for a presidential run in 2016, but Christie has not made an announcement about that yet. Christie and Governor Phil Bryant spoke on many issues Wednesday, including gambling and casinos. A $2 billion casino in Atlantic City announced it would be shutting its doors Wednesday.
News 25 asked Governor Christie what this means for the casino industry as a whole and here is what he had to say: “We’re in the midst of an evolution. I’m always concerned because I don’t want to see people lose jobs, but we also have to understand that Atlantic City was built in a much different time than when folks developed in Mississippi and other places, cognizant of the real, intense competition for gaming across this entire country, so I think Atlantic City will be fine, but we’ve got to be aggressive about that transformation. We’ve been working on that for the past few years, and it’d gonna’ take another few years to get it done.”