New Jersey takes over debt-ridden Atlantic City government
Gov. Chris Christie's administration has seized power in Atlantic City, taking control of the assets and major decision making power of the struggling seaside gambling resort with half a billion dollars in debt.
The state Local Finance Board voted Wednesday to take over the city's main governmental functions after the state government rejected a proposed five-year financial turnaround plan.
The state can now sell assets including the former Bader Field airport property and the city's much-coveted water utility.
It also can reverse decisions of the City Council, break union contracts, and hire or fire workers.
The city's decline is due in large part to the decline of gambling. Atlantic City has seen five of its 12 casinos close since 2014.
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian released a statement that said in part, "Now as we move into the next phase of the Municipal Stabilization and Recovery Act, we will continue to work with the State of New Jersey on behalf of our residents while continuing to keep all of our options on the table."
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.