ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City has a new mayor.

Don Guardian was sworn in to office on Wednesday, becoming the first Republican to lead the seaside gambling resort in 23 years.

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Guardian beat Democratic incumbent Lorenzo Langford in an upset last month. Guardian says one of his goals is to work better with Gov. Chris Christie on matters of concern to Atlantic City.

The 60-year-old Guardian was the longtime head of Atlantic City’s special improvement district, tasked with planting flowers, installing benches, cleaning streets and generally sprucing up key areas of the resort.

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His priorities include addressing the city’s crime and cleanliness problems, streamlining the process for developers to build and putting vacant land back on the tax rolls.

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