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P.M. BRIEFING : Contractors Ask N.J. Officials to Make Trump Pay Casino Bills

From Times Wire Services

Contractors have asked state officials for help in getting bills paid by Donald Trump’s new Taj Mahal Casino Resort.

However, the state Casino Control Commission has yet to receive a formal complaint to refer to the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, commission spokesman Tom Flynn said.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that the 1,250-room, $1-billion casino hotel owes $35 million to about 100 contractors. Trump aides insisted that it is routine to hold up payments amid disputes over incomplete or inadequate work or invoice inflation.

Contractors “do this every time they want to bring pressure and they want to get paid,” Edward Tracy, president of Trump Hotel Corp., told the Daily News in New York.

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The Taj Mahal, which opened April 2, released unofficial figures Wednesday showing that it took in $34.2 million from gamblers last month. That tops the Atlantic City record of $32.8 million set by Caesars Hotel Casino in July, 1989.

The Mirage in Las Vegas, which competes for the same high rollers, took in $40 million in December, its opening month.


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