The new game that state casinos programs is best described as keep them home. Pennsylvania really made this game popular when they realized that they were losing millions of potential gambling tax dollars to Atlantic City by not giving their residents a gambling option of their own. By simply building casinos all around the state, enough to dissuade people from traveling all the way to Atlantic City, they managed to bite off a piece big enough of the Atlantic City market to rank the second most popular casino destination in the country; a title held by Atlantic City ever since it legalized casino gambling. Now there is talk amongst New Jersey lawmakers of adding more casinos to New Jersey in order to play the same game. It is at times like this that New Jersey must remember their history and their original game plan.
Atlantic City did not establish their gambling industry with the same game plan as the state that surround it with the intention of keeping their residents in state and charging their casinos a ridiculous amount of money in taxes just to make a profit for the state coffers. Atlantic City’s business model is similar to that of Las Vegas. Low taxes on casinos so that the owners can build massive structures that will attract gamblers from the world over. Atlantic City would surely lose its identity if it were to fall in line with the rest of the casino programs in the region. Atlantic City is born of different stuff.