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Local Officials Resist State Takeover Of Atlantic City’s Casino Districts

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New Jersey’s takeover of Atlantic City’s casino districts does not sit well with the city’s elected officials.

City Council this week voted for a resolution that pushes for changes in the state takeover particularly the part that puts planning and zoning decisions around the casinos in the hands of a state authority.

Mayor Lorenzo Langford has also been critical of how Trenton has stepped in. But Governor Chris Christie points to a long history of past political corruption and incompetence that he believes has held Atlantic City back.

“I understand that the city council and the mayor have been upset about it, but you know, that’s the way it goes. You should have done something about it long before I came to town.”

Boundaries for tourism districts are expected to be finalized next week, with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority taking control of them on May first.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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