One of Gov. Chris Christie?s first acts as governor was signing an executive order today designating the Casino Control Commission (CCC) workers as essential employees. Assemblymen John Amodeo and Vince Polistina, both R-Atlantic, praised the decision as an indication that Gov. Christie intends on keeping the promises he made.
At his press conference this morning Gov. Christie acknowledged the efforts by Amodeo and Polistina in addressing the Casino Control Commission worker issue.
?I would like to thank Assemblymen Amodeo and Polistina for bringing this issue to my attention,? said Gov. Christie. ?Their suggestion made common sense and will help protect one of the state?s most essential industries.?
?Gov. Christie recognizes the importance of the Casino Control Commission and the critical role it plays in ensuring the integrity of the gaming industry and the role it plays in our economy,? said Polistina. ?In 2006 New Jersey lost over $1 million in tax revenue each day when the casinos closed. We couldn?t afford that impact four years ago, and we certainly can?t take that kind of hit today. The executive order he signed ensures that no disruption will occur in an industry which is critical to New Jersey.?
Executive Order 6 designates that the CCC will identify those positions within the commission whose attendance is essential and required in order for casinos to be permitted to operate in the state.
?The governor understands how vital the casino industry is to New Jersey?s revenue base and providing employment to many people who depend on it for their livelihood,? said Amodeo. ?Designating commission employees as essential workers will help avoid the shutdown of casinos which we saw in 2006 during the budget impasse. Gov. Christie is keeping his promise that he will make every effort to restore and protect our state?s economy. Today is the first step in achieving that goal.?