By Skip Charles
A bill to end smoking in Atlantic City’s casinos was delayed again when Democratic lawmakers said they did not have enough votes to advance it.
They also said they would listen to alternatives proposed by the casino industry including enclosed smoking rooms in which no employee would be forced to work.
That infuriated over 100 casino workers who packed a hearing room in the state Capitol, convinced that after nearly three years, their state representatives were ready to start the smoking ban on its way to approval.
“It’s incredible that we’re here begging again to have the same thing everyone else has,” said Lamont White, a dealer at the Borgata and a leader of the drive to end smoking in Atlantic City’s nine casinos.