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....ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (CNN) -- Atlantic City's 12 casinos began shutting down for the first time ever at 8 a.m. ET Wednesday morning as the New Jersey budget crisis that began July 1 continued.

The government shutdown, which has resulted in the closure of all "non-essential" government offices, began after the state legislature failed to adopt a new budget by the constitutional deadline last Friday.
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Among the non-essential government agencies affected by the shutdown was the state Casino Control Commission, which is charged with regulating gambling in Atlantic City's casinos.

WOW. im shocked. Atlantic City is slummy WITH its casinos, no idea what will happen to it without them. Ironically, this seems to be a scenario where money doesnt do the talking.

Are they shooting themselves in the foot? casinos must put in billions to the state in tax revenue. and no one randomly visits jersey for reasons other than the casinos. this is going to kill their economy. im in awe. and i was going to go their last weekend!
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