ATLANTIC CITY, NJ-MGM Resorts International is asking the New Jersey State Casino Control Commission to allow it to keep its 50% stake in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

The Las Vegas-based firm agreed there years ago to surrender its half-stake in the Borgata after it refused to cut ties to a family suspected of having links to Chinese gangsters, according to an Associated Press report. According to a filing with the commission on Friday, MGM asked the commission to reconsider its status and find it fit to hold a New Jersey casino license once again.

In a company statement released yesterday, MGM Resorts states, “MGM Resorts International is, and always has been, committed to the highest standards of operation and regulatory compliance, If our petition is successful, we would welcome the opportunity to once again be an active, contributing member of the New Jersey gaming marketplace through our 50% ownership of Borgata.” See story in the Star Ledger.