Trump Taj Mahal closes its doors in Atlantic City

Trump Taj Mahal closes its doors in Atlantic City



Donald Trump called it the Eighth Wonder of the World. Now it’s just another failed Atlantic City casino.

The Trump Taj Mahal finally closed its doors just before 6 a.m. Monday.

The last guests at the hotel checked out on Sunday, and some of the last gamblers at the casino were cashing in their chips while its namesake was debating Hillary Clinton, facing his own increasingly long odds.

Trump himself no longer owned anything more than the name attached to the Taj’s grandiose neon minarets. In its last days, the casino was controlled by the financier Carl Icahn.

Icahn called it a “sad day for Atlantic City” and for the 3,000 workers at the Taj. But he said he couldn’t reach an agreement with striking union workers and could no longer run the casino without hemorrhaging money.

The union, representing about 1,000 of the Taj’s workers, reached deals with four other casinos in the city just before the Independence Day weekend, including another casino owned by Icahn. But Taj workers went on strike July 1.

“Despite our best efforts, which included losing almost $350 million over just a few short years, we were unable to save the Taj Mahal,” Icahn said in a statement Monday.