Trump Plaza demolished in NJ

Ruben Fields
February 18, 2021

The Trump Plaza first opened in 1984 and was for a time the most successful casino in Atlantic City.

However, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small downplayed the building's connection to the one-time president.

Crowds had gathered on the Boardwalk outside an exclusion zone, along nearby city streets or from their cars parked at Bader Field at the end of the Atlantic City Expressway.

When Trump pulled out of the ownership structure of the casino in 2009, numerous local contractors who worked on the project made it clear they were not sad to see him go.

"But he was selfish, took advantage of some people, hurt some people. and stiffed some", he added.

The hotel and casino, which closed operations in 2014 and has stood vacant ever since, was imploded by officials on Wednesday morning, February 17, 2021.

"Just a part of Atlantic City history, something cool to see", said Cavallo, 50, who witnessed The Sands Atlantic City implosion in 2007 as well.

"It doesn't really happen so we have one chance to get this right and if I had it my way, it would be something mixed-use development or some form of family entertainment to complement the steel pier", says Mayor Small.

Spectators lined up in the cold to watch the building come tumbling down.

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A spot on the Atlantic City Boardwalk where movie stars, athletes and rock stars used to party - and a future president honed his instincts for bravado and hype - was reduced to a smoking pile of rubble on Wednesday.

Trump, himself, played no role in Cavallo and Campanella's desire to see the implosion. "This is not about politics", Small said.

"It will crumble like a deck of cards", Fire Chief Scott Evans said to The Associated Press. Other parts of the complex already have been demolished by wrecking balls and other equipment.

In December, Atlantic City announced plans to auction off the ability to push the button to start the demolition sequence on the casino.

The long-vacant Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

Trump Marina, located off the Boardwalk and first called Trump Castle, is now the Golden Nugget.

Mississippi Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and the Boardwalk will be closed.

"This is going to be exciting".

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