This long out-of-print book is reprinted here because in Chapter 30 entitled “Trumping Up the Boardwalk”, starting on page 379, it reveals the compromises President-Elect Donald Trump made and had to make with the Mafia that was in control of Atlantic City to get his foot in the door. It reveals how Trump was able to use his connections to get in control of Atlantic City casinos without putting in a dime of his own money. These reports have been recently confirmed by The New York Times. It also reveals why Trump had to keep his strange alliance with the obviously corrupt Governor of the State of New Jersey.
“I've said it before and I will repeat it again to organized crime. Keep your filthy hands off of Atlantic City! Keep the Hell out of our state.”
New Jersey Governor, June 2, 1977 (the date he signed the Casino Control Act)
This warning was in vain. Powerful crime families were already muscling their way into Atlantic City. Their methods were extortion, bribery and when necessary murder. Atlantic City became The Boardwalk Jungle.
Acclaimed Journalist and author Ovid Demaris, the man who revealed Las Vegas to the world in The Green Felt Jungle, now gives us the shocking true story of how Atlantic City went from seaside haven to Mafia Mecca. From licensing hearings to wiretapped conversations, from the governors office to the gambling tables, the author names names and shows us the chilling truth of how greed money and terror conquered a state.
Here you will learn the inside the inside story behind each casino – Resorts International, Caesars Boardwalk Regency, Bally Park Place, Playboy/Atlantas, Harrah's, Tropicana, Sands, Claridge, Trump Plaza and the Trump Castle. As the glittering extravaganzas shot skyward, the rest of the city withered to a slum, overrun by loan sharks, thieves and prostitutes.
The Boardwalk became a billion dollar capital of crime as bad if not worse than Las Vegas.