Revel casino owner Glenn Straub blasts New Jersey officials over opening delays

The owner of the former Revel casino is criticizing New Jersey state officials over delays to reopen the casino.

Revel casino stands dark while owner Glenn Straub waits for the proper permits to reopen.

Revel casino stands dark while owner Glenn Straub waits for the proper permits to reopen. (8/25/16)

ATLANTIC CITY - The owner of the former Revel casino is criticizing New Jersey state officials over delays to reopen the casino.

Glenn Straub says the state's corrupt politics are slowing him down and he may have to walk away from the casino.

“It’s only that the politically controlled people of this state are so backwards and that's why everybody tells you, ‘Mr. Straub, watch yourself in New Jersey,’” he says.

Straub says that he’s waiting on a permit to operate from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The Florida developer says state investigators have vetted Straub thoroughly and even visited his home state.

“They spend less than four hours there and they say, ‘Where's Nikki Beach?’ Are you kidding me?” says Straub.

Revel was supposed to reopen June 15. Straub says that for every month the casino stays dark, he loses $1 million.

The tentative new opening date is Oct. 1. Straub says that he has big plans for the casino space, including a ropes course. The course is one of the issues that may be slowing down the process. The CRDA says the agency needs to investigate safety issues and how this course might affect traffic patterns.

Some Atlantic City visitors say they are not optimistic about the new casino.

“It didn't work the first time, I sincerely don't believe it will work this time,” says Regina Bednar. “I didn't like it didn't like the machines, didn't care for it at all.”

Straub says that if he doesn’t get the permits he needs by late September, he may have to shut the project down.

Once the Trump Taj Mahal casino closes in October, only seven casinos will remain in Atlantic City.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Prominent cancer doctor at Mountainside Hospital fatally struck 1 Prominent cancer doctor struck, killed in Essex Fells
Cranford facility combines salt caves, float pods to 2 Cranford facility combines salt caves, float pods to help decompress muscles
Arthur Morgan III, of Eatontown, is accused of 3 Lawyer: Dad doesn't deny tossing toddler in creek
Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 4 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women
5 New Jersey Sportscast, March 22

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

The proposed reopening of the Revel casino was Revel reopening delayed again as inspections continue

Atlantic City's former Revel casino resort won't be reopening Thursday, either.

This June 8, 2016 photo shows the exterior Developer: Revel reopening to begin June 15

Revel, Atlantic City's most spectacular casino flop, will begin to reopen next week under new

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE