Mayor Lorenzo Lorenzo Langford and his City Hall allies may have the opposite view, but this morning’s concept of a state takeover of Atlantic City by afternoon softened into a state-city-casino “partnership,” according to one AC elected official.
“The governor toned down his rhetoric when he came down here to Atlantic City,” said Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small. “If that’s the case – a parternership – as opposed to a state takeover – I’m all for it.”
Small, an ally of state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic City) and unsuccessful candidate for mayor last year against Langford, said Christie’s boardwalk rhetoric impressed him.
“He laid it out, and he’s committed to making Atlantic City as great as it can be, which is what all of us want,” Small told PolitickerNJ.com. “He wants to work as a partner, and specified that our (community redevelopment) funds will stay here. He tempered the tougher comments from this morning.”