Gov. Christie signs bill allowing smaller casinos

ATLANTIC CITY - (AP) - New Jersey's governor has signedlegislation to allow construction of smaller, "boutique" casinosin Atlantic City.

The measure signed Wednesday by Governor Chris Christie createsa pilot program authorizing two casinos with a minimum of 200 hotelrooms.

Previously, New Jersey law required a minimum of 500 rooms.

The change is seen as a way to help jump-start the nation'ssecond-largest gambling market. It's been buffeted by the economyand increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states.

Lawmakers also are considering measures to create a state-runtourism district in Atlantic City encompassing the casinos and theboardwalk and to cut back on some state regulation of the casinos.

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