NJ Supreme Court: Trop should have lost license

November 25, 2008 7:31:20 AM PST
The New Jersey Supreme Court says the former owners of the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City deserved to lose their casino license. Tuesday's ruling clears the way for a state-appointed trustee to resume the process of trying to sell the troubled gambling hall in a bankruptcy court auction.

Tropicana Entertainment LLC had appealed the license denial to the high court, alleging, among other things, political interference by state Senate President Dick Codey. He wrote a letter to the Casino Control Commission urging that a casino workers union be allowed to participate in the renewal hearings.

The former owners cut nearly 1,000 jobs, leading to problems with cleanliness, service, and compliance with state gambling regulations.

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