Potential 2011 rivals await Christie in AC

Legislators stand outside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City awaiting the arrival of Gov. Christie Christie.

Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic City) remains eager for details in Christie’s forthcoming regional presention of those recomendations by an advisory commission on New Jersey’s sports and entertainment.

But he hasn’t seen them so far.

A former mayor, Whelan doesn’t worry about an expanded role for the state in the maintenance of a gaming district in his home city, but insists on understanding every dimension of the state’s role.

“I think we need a level of cooperation if things are going to work, and we have had them in the roadway and airport and various other things, but at this time, I don’t see any details in the report,” Whelan says.

Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor), a potential challenger to Whelan in 2011, is less willing to demand details of a report prepared by a commission summoned by a Republican governor.

But he does quibble with the notion of a state “takeover” of the city’s gaming and tourism district.

“We have been talking about a lot of the recomendations in the report for two and a half years,” Polistina says. “We need investment, although I wouldn’t say a state takeover. The state needs to be more involved. The state has to take over a leadership role. But in terms of a takeover, Camden has not worked. I would like to see greater coordination with the state.”

Potential 2011 rivals await Christie in AC