Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis today attacked Assemblyman/state Senator Elect Jim Whelan’s idea to get the state more involved with running Atlantic City’s troubled government.
The Press of Atlantic City reported today that Whelan, a former Atlantic City mayor, discussed the prospect of increased state involvement with Gov. Corzine last month – an idea already likely to meet with resistance from the city’s Democratic mayor and council.
“The State of New Jersey telling Atlantic City how to govern is like taking sailing lessons from the captain of the Titanic. Things are bad enough in Atlantic City without the State stepping in. No thank you, Assemblyman,” said Davis in a press release.
Davis said that the state has enough of its own problems with budget shortfalls, and raised Corzine’s asset monetization plan as an undesirable way of dealing with the fiscal crisis.
“In sum, New Jersey should do no harm and keep its nose out of Atlantic City’s business so things don’t get any worse.”
Whelan could not immediately be reached for comment.