New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill to boost tax credits for development of non- gambling businesses in the struggling casino hub of Atlantic City.

The city has seen casino revenue drop for seven consecutive years under pressure from out-of-state competitors and is seeking to rebrand itself.

The bill makes non-gaming projects eligible for the highest level of economic development incentives, joining Camden, Passaic, Paterson and Trenton. The law also creates a new tax credit for developers that donate public infrastructure to governments.

Moody’s Investors Service dropped the locality to junk in July because of its dependence on the gambling industry.

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Photo Credit: A general view shows the empty streets outside The Caesar's Casino in Atlantic City. Jason Reed / Reuters