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Employees of Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza turn to prayer for doomed casinos

Hundreds of workers, community members and religious leaders

Hundreds of workers, community members and religious leaders joined together for a prayer and religious service Wednesday. Photo Credit: Press of Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY - Hundreds of workers, community members and religious leaders joined together for a prayer and religious service Wednesday, just days before two more casinos are set to close.

Employees of Revel, Showboat and Trump Plaza held a rally followed by a prayer service at a nearby church.

Owners have said Showboat and Revel will close over Labor Day weekend. Trump Plaza will shut its doors on Sept. 16. The closures will result in the loss of nearly 8,000 jobs.

As Atlantic City struggles, the rest of New Jersey may be ready to play on elsewhere. Plans have been floated for gaming in many other areas, specifically in North Jersey.

Business leaders near the Meadowlands announced an ambitious project that would include a casino and convention center in the shadow of MetLife Stadium.

Jersey City is considering a plan for a towering casino near the Liberty National golf course.

Lawmakers are also talking about bringing slots to New Jersey racing tracks.

New Jersey voters would have to amend the state constitution to allow for casino gaming outside Atlantic City.

According to the American Gaming Association, New Jersey had the largest decrease in casino gaming between 2011 and 2012. Consumer spending dropped from nearly $3.32 billion to $3.05 billion, an eight percent decrease.

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