Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26) backs neither the Senate version of a state takeover of Atlantic City or the Assembly version.
They’re both too politicized, he argues.
Webber said Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) bill lacks transparency and Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) bill gives away too much to the unions.
In order to lift Atlantic City out of the circus-like political atmosphere that has developed around the city’s financial future, Webber said he favors letting a bankruptcy court decide. “Let’s put he issue to a nonpartisan magistrate,” the Morris Plains lawmaker told PolitickerNJ. “We need a process that is disinterested, apolitical and transparent. That’s the one option that no one’s talking about.”
The Morris County Republican assemblyman, however, did note that he suspects greater support for the option in his caucus in the days ahead.
“The only disadvantage of that [option] is no one’s getting their mitts on control [of Atlantic City],” he cracked.
Webber was among a handful of Republicans who refused to sign a letter in support of Sweeney’s bill.