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Atlantic City officials upset over Trump's criticism

21 August 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Donald Trump's attempt to repeal Atlantic City's partial casino smoking ban has infuriated City Council and could revive an effort to prohibit gamblers from lighting up altogether, two members said Monday.

"Councilmen Bruce Ward and Gene Robinson said Trump's criticism of the smoking restrictions is a mere 'smokescreen' for the financial troubles of his gaming company.

"'Donald came out swinging at the wrong target. He should instead look inward at his company's position, which is somewhat precarious because of all of the debt it is carrying,' Ward said.

"Ward also accused Trump of trying to make City Council the scapegoat for his underperforming casinos. Ward and Robinson said the council members may be angry enough with Trump to once again consider imposing a complete smoking ban at the 11 casinos in town.

"...Now Ward and Robinson are considering a new campaign to push for a total smoking ban. They said the anger stirred up by Trump in City Council should give them momentum.

"...Trump blames the partial smoking ban, which took effect April 15, for scaring away gamblers 'in droves' and called for its repeal in a letter last week to Mayor Bob Levy and City Council President William Marsh..."

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