Casinos back in business following hurricane

ATLANTIC CITY — After a storm-ravaged weekend that by some estimates cost the casinos more than $40 million in gaming revenue, the casinos here are back in business.

The 11 casinos were opened by noon today, according to Attorney General Paula Dow and Division of Gaming Enforcement Acting Director David Rebuck.

“This has been a difficult time for everyone in Atlantic City and throughout the State,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “Now that Hurricane Irene has passed, we are extremely pleased to have the casinos safely back in operation and employees returning to work. I commend the casinos for working so cooperatively with the Division of Gaming Enforcement during this emergency.”

The casinos were closed for three days due to Hurricane Irene.

“Underscoring Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno’s message that ‘Atlantic City is Open for Business,’ I am pleased to announce that, through the joint efforts of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, State Police, Division of Criminal Justice and casino operators, we have ensured a smooth and seamless reopening,” Rebuck said in a release.

Rebuck signed separate orders allowing each individual casino to reopen on or before noon today.

Casinos back in business following hurricane