MGM Bridgeport Casino Solves A Lot Of ProblemsBy Dan Haar, The Hartford CourantSeptember 19, 2017 at 6:00 am To understand the importance of a Bridgeport casino to Connecticut, especially the $675 million plan MGM Resorts International announced Monday morning, let’s go back a few days to the meltdown at the state Capitol.Just before midnight on Thursday, at the moment when the state House of Representatives was supposed to vote on a budget, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, still in a crisp suit, huddled with a handful of guys right outside the door of the House chamber. Bridgeport wasn’t happy with the Democrats’ plan. The vote never happened, for that and other reasons. Twenty-four hours later, the Republican budget passed in a tense and historic turnaround.We may never know exactly what went down under the tarnished gold dome of the Capitol, but this much is clear: Bridgeport is the state’s biggest city, a struggling urban gap in the heart of affluent Fairfield County. This city, this part of the state, is fed up with Hartford around now — and state approval of a casino resort in a languishing development zone on the harbor would go a long way toward reunifying Connecticut.