Flanked by Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and having already swatted at the latter, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) trained his sights on the Republican governor.
“If Gov. Christie had spent time in New Jersey, he would understand the facts and that the Assembly bill is the best one for the entire state,” said Prieto, throwing an elbow at Christie’s campaign for president, which kept him out of the state over 70% of the time last year.
Then Prieto emphasized what he says is that key difference between the two bills. Christie supports Sweeney’s bill, and this afternoon called on Prieto to post it instead of the speaker’s own version. Sweeney’s version contains language for exclusive licensing by existing Atlantic City operators. Prieto’s bill, he maintains, reserves one for Atlantic City and one for the open market.
“Gov. Christie is failing to support the free market system and competitive capitalism,” said the speaker. “That’s somewhat surprising considering his current focus.”