Because the New Jersey state legislature was unable to pass a budget by its July 1 deadline, 12 Atlantic City casinos were forced to shut down today. The lack of an authorized budget means that the gambling inspectors who are required by law to oversee casinos, along with other nonessential state personnel, cannot work, so the slot machines went dark and the roulette wheels stopped spinning as of eight o’clock this morning. This is the first gambling shutdown since gaming was legalized in ...

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