Trump No More: The Seminole Tribe is converting the former Trump Taj Mahal in New Jersey into the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City. Photo: Nelson Pavlosky

Seminole Tribe working hard to rid new casino of Donald Trump's influence

The Seminole Tribe is increasing its investment in a new casino in New Jersey.

That's partly because it's going to cost a lot to rid the failed Trump Taj Mahal of any signs of Donald Trump. Jim Allen, the chairman of the tribally-owned Hard Rock International, told the Associated Press that his firm is putting $500 million into the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

“It’s everywhere,” Allen told the AP, referring to the future president's influence on the property. “The amount of money we’re going to have to spend to remove all those minarets and all that purple. Jesus! What were we thinking?”

The tribe and its partners paid $50 million for the facility, the AP reported earlier this month. That's a small fraction of the $1.2 billion that Trump said he spent on the casino, which closed last fall after his company declared bankruptcy and a different owner took over.

The 17-acre Hard Rock facility, which is located on the Atlantic City waterfront, is expected to open in the summer of 2018.

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