As Atlantic County attempts to untangle a political collision between Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Atlantic County Executive Denny Levinson over how much money from the casinos the county will get under the provisions of a bill on the desk of Gov. Chris Christie, two recognizable politicos surfaced in Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern this afternoon.
They were Levinson himself and South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross III.
By the reckoning of numerous Atlantic County pols, the Casino Property Taxation Stabilization Act – A-3981, authored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) – steps on an agreement between the Atlantic County Executive and the Mayor of Atlantic City, which provides that Atlantic County shall receive 13.5% of the PILOT payment received by Atlantic City and 13.5% of the fixed amount of the $30,000,000 made to the city in 2015 and 2016 from the funds that were previously paid by the casinos.
After initially agreeing to the 13.5%, Guardian backed away from the payment amount out of concern for the city losing money.
Against the backdrop of Guardian waffling and what they cite as vague language in the bill, 23 Atlantic County mayors and the county freeholders backed resolutions calling on Christie to veto the PILOT.
Levinson and Norcross figured it was time for a face-to-face talk. A source told PolitickerNJ that the two power players spent two hours together.