In Clash With Trump, Stockton U. Abandons Atlantic City Campus

March 25, 2015

Three months after announcing with fanfare its plans to turn an abandoned casino in nearby Atlantic City into a new campus, Stockton University on Tuesday said it was abandoning that plan -- and publicly picking a fight with Donald Trump in the process. Herman Saatkamp, president of the New Jersey public institution, said university officials, "with immense sadness," were ending their efforts to build a residential campus on the site of the former Showboat Casino. Saatkamp said the deal would have required Trump Taj Mahal to forgo a covenant in a 1988 legal agreement that limited development of the property to another casino hotel. Trump refused to do so, according to Stockton's statement. That makes the development project untenable from Stockton's perspective, Saatkamp said.

"Stockton tried to establish a full campus in Atlantic City six times during my tenure as president and got kicked in the teeth each time," he wrote. "This time, we were stabbed in the heart."

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