Talk is heating up between New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and state senate President Steve Sweeney over Christie’s proposal for the state to take control of Atlantic City’s two casino districts even as a new poll suggests voters think that’s a bad idea.

KYW’s David Madden reports both agree something needs to be done to reassure casino investors that Atlantic City is worth the risk. Their differences appear to center on, in effect, who takes the lead in a public-private partnership; the state or the industry.

For his part, Christie stresses he not only wants to help Atlantic City but the Meadowlands entertainment complex as well:

“I think the challenge for us is going to be to continue to not let people see this as a choice between economic development in the north verses economic development in the south.”

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows voters favor helping Atlantic City but not under state control. And they’d like the state to continue financial support for racetracks and to allow slots there, two ideas Christie opposes.

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