New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joined Margaritaville and Resorts principals on Atlantic City’s Boardwalk for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the late May opening of the new Margaritaville and LandShark Bar & Grill at Resorts Casino Hotel.

“Last July, I stood here to announce the start of the Margaritaville project. Less than a year later, I’m extraordinarily pleased to be back for its grand opening andMargaritaville ribbon cutting,” said Gov. Christie. “With all eyes on the Jersey Shore this summer, the new Margaritaville entertainment complex at Resorts is one of the most promising examples of optimism for New Jersey and for Atlantic City. The arrival of this high-profile national brand offers a superb destination for visitors and local residents alike, and is more evidence that the Shore is open for business and stronger than ever this summer.”

The ceremony featured Margaritaville CEO John Cohlan, Resorts Casino Hotel Owner Morris Bailey and Mohegan Gaming Advisors CEO Mitchell Etess. The group presented Gov. Christie with a pair of bronzed Margaritaville Flip Flops celebrating the opening and the start of summer on the shore.

The new addition to Resorts features a Margaritaville restaurant, the LandShark Bar & Grill, a Margaritaville-themed casino, the Five O’clock Somewhere bar, a retail store and coffee shop. Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville transports guests to the island destination of their memories or dreams.

 “We’re thrilled to finally be here in Atlantic City, where the Margaritaville experience—great food and drinks, live entertainment, gaming and year-round beachside fun—is another reason for locals and tourists alike to come for a visit,” said Tamara Baldanza, director of new business, Margaritaville. “Summer should feel a whole lot cooler and winter a little bit warmer with Margaritaville on the Boardwalk.”