Gov. Murphy eyes reopening Atlantic City casinos by July 4 Daniel J. Munoz, NJBiz · June 2, 2020 at 5:23 am New Jersey’s now-shuttered casinos could likely reopen by July 4 weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy said on Sunday, as the state gradually rolls back restrictions put in place to halt the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the state. “It’s probably still too early to give you a very specific answer, but there’s a lot of work going into that right now,” the governor said Sunday on the “AC Mike Show” with WOND-AM 1400 radio’s Mike Lopez. “But we are trying like heck to get toward, I hope, before the Fourth of July or at least by the Fourth of July.” The state has practically been in lockdown for much of March and the entirety of April in a bid to stop the spread of the virus. Only during May have those restrictions been loosened, albeit at a rate criticized by some lawmakers as too slow.