The sign in front of the old Trump Plaza, one of 5 Atlantic City casinos that went bankrupt from 2014 to 2017, including three with the current U.S. president's name of them. (Associated Press photo)
Is it good to get Donald Trump's name physically off of this town?
Yes, it is. Trump is a relic of Atlantic City's past.
Matt Doherty. (Andrew Miller | For NJ Advance Media)
After 40 years of casino gambling, can you market Atlantic City to families?
The answer is yes. Last week my two daughters had off, 13 and 10, so I went down there with them, and I worked for part of the day, then we went to the boardwalk. We went to Rain Forest Cafe. It was great, kids everywhere. We did some go-kart racing. I spent some money on them trying to win some prizes. I made a fool of myself trying to shoot baskets and being outshot by my 13-year-old daughter. And then we went to Carmine's (Italian restaurant) in the Tropicana. Walked through the Quarter, and, you know, got in the car and came home.
Fireworks around the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, where the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority contributed $18.8 million to a room restoration project. (CRDA)
Is there a way to get people to come and stay with their families, and yet also spend time at the tables?
I don't think they're mutually exclusive. I think you can do that. Has it necessarily been marketed in that manner? Not necessarily in that manner. But I think there's definitely an opportunity.
I think we need to move beyond the ghosts of Atlantic City's past. There's truly an opportunity for a rebirth of an urban area like Atlantic City and now's the time.