Clinton to Attack Trump on Casino Bankruptcies in Atlantic City Rally Wednesday

Clinton will be returning to New Jersey tomorrow at a rally in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall

Clinton will be returning to New Jersey tomorrow at a rally in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will appear in Atlantic City Wednesday to gin up support ahead of this month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and foreground Donald Trump’s checkered business record in the casino town. Clinton is likely to attack the presumptive Republican nominee on his plans for the U.S. economy, as she did in Camden County in May.

A statement from Clinton’s campaign said that the former Secretary of State will be addressing income inequality and drawing comparisons between her own economic platform and Trump’s, which she characterized as favoring the rich during that appearance in Gloucester Township.

This time, the one-time first lady will be going after Trump’s promise to “do for the country what I did for my business.”

Clinton is likely to target Trump’s multiple bankruptcies, and eventual closure of the Trump Plaza Casino. The Trump Marina Casino was sold at a loss in 2011. Trump’s record of cheating contractors and laying off casino workers will also be on the table.

Clinton’s return to New Jersey comes as the Trump campaign is vetting Governor Chris Christie as the real estate magnate’s potential running mate.

Congressional candidate Dave Cole is expected to appear at the rally. Cole is challenging longtime incumbent Frank LoBiondo (R-2), and has attacked LoBiondo for accepting campaign contributions from Donald Trump during Atlantic City’s peak in the mid-aughts and its precipitous decline since.

Cole told PolitickerNJ by email that he wants to underscore the economic cost of the Trump casino closures.

“The turmoil in Atlantic City is Donald Trump’s vision for our country,” Cole wrote. “He got rich off the backs of workers and small businesses in our district while our Congressman Frank LoBiondo stood by silently. I am very excited to welcome Sec. Clinton to South Jersey. I look forward to working with her to stop Trump and LoBiondo and to put forth a new vision to put people back to work and grow wages for working families.”

The New York Times found that Trump’s casinos began their decline well before a wave of out-of-state competition led to four casino closures in 2014.

Clinton’s appearance comes as workers at the Trump Taj Mahal continue a strike to reinstate health and pension benefits. Billionaire Carl Icahn, an associate and personal friend of Trump, cut those benefits when he bought the casino in 2015. Icahn has said that bringing them back would force him to shutter the casino, which is already in bankruptcy.

UNITE-HERE Local 54 President Bob McDevitt told the Press of Atlantic City on Saturday that Clinton may make an appearance alongside striking workers.

Clinton’s primary opponent Bernie Sanders also appeared at Boardwalk Hall earlier this year, where his attacks centered as much on Icahn as Trump. Given the timing after Atlantic City’s casino workers union announced its strike on the Taj Mahal on Friday, Clinton could take a similar tack tomorrow.

Clinton will be speaking at 12:45 tomorrow, with doors opening at 10:45.