Tired Taj, Plan Stan, Coy Roy – Friday’s Roundup

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Tired Taj
“The building is tired,” Jim Allen, Hard Rock International chairman told the East Coast Gaming Conference yesterday. He was talking about the Taj Mahal, which is going to need some $400 million (more than previously estimated) to become a Hard Rock Casino. Turning white elephants into giant guitars doesn’t come cheap. The Press of Atlantic City has the details.Speaking at the same event, Jeff Gural, owner of the Meadowlands racetrack, said he can wait six years to build a casino in North Jersey.

Brigantine, via @connie_pyatt_photography

Plan Stan
Assemblyman Chris Brown wants to know what, exactly, the state officials in charge of Atlantic City are planning on doing with Bader Field. That’s the vacant former airstrip that is one of the resort town’s few remaining assets. Who knows whether the assemblyman will get any more answers than the rest of us who are trying to figure out the state’s plan.

Coy Roy
Meanwhile, Colin Bell, Brown’s rival for the state senate seat, issued a press release saying Brown’s comments at yesterday’s gaming conference show he flipped his position on North Jersey casinos. This election race is just getting started, people.

Nineteen teams had registered for the first annual “Past, Present and Future” flag-football tournament and fundraiser for longtime Holy Spirit High School football coach Bill Walsh Saturday—213 players, according to the organizers. It was an unseasonably cold May morning, though the wind (excessive) was pretty standard for May in South Jersey. The fundraiser was held to raise money to cover medical expenses and general life expenses for Walsh, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. Read Bill Sprouse on Walshy’s Warriors.

In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, after the false alarm, people are realizing they wouldn’t know what to do if there were an incident at one of South Jersey’s nuclear plants, flounder season is underway, Brigantine could start requiring beach tags at the Cove, officials expect a busy hurricane season, and ratings agency Moody’s says the state still needs to raise taxes. All that and more below:


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