Lawmakers fail to vote on Atlantic City aid bill

Gov. Chris Christie says he hopes the failure of an Atlantic City bill to come up for a vote Thursday will lead lawmakers to get

New Jersey lawmakers are still bickering over the Atlantic City aid plans.

New Jersey lawmakers are still bickering over the Atlantic City aid plans. (5/5/16)

ATLANTIC CITY - Gov. Chris Christie says he hopes the failure of an Atlantic City bill to come up for a vote Thursday will lead lawmakers to get beyond the political drama and support a measure he backs.

A vote on the Assembly measure supported by Democratic Speaker Vincent Prieto to give Atlantic City two years to fix its finances before a state takeover was canceled Thursday after hours of delay. Prieto said that he canceled the session because he allegedly didn’t have enough votes.

Gov. Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney have been insisting on their own plan.

The bills differ in how long they would give Atlantic City to stabilize its finances before the state would take over.

Under Prieto’s plan, Atlantic City would have two years of protection before the state could take over, and union contracts would be protected.

The plan proposed by Sen. Sweeney calls for an immediate state takeover.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian held a news conference Friday with Atlantic City workers urging lawmakers to come up with a plan.

"I think we all need to compromise to end the financial crisis that Atlantic City’s facing,” Mayor Guardian said.

According to the governor, Atlantic City could run out of cash in 10 days.

He says Prieto's measure was bad public policy that he never thought would get enough support to be passed.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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