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Christie, Atlantic City Mayor Agree on 5-Year State Takeover

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Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. (City of Atlantic City)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 08:04 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is proposing a five-year takeover of Atlantic City's finances, expanding state responsibility and decision-making authority over the city's books in a deal with the municipality.

The agreement would give state government power to restructure Atlantic City's municipal debt, change or end collective bargaining agreements and municipal contracts, sign shared service agreement with the county, and sell or least services owned by the city, said NJ Advance Media.

"Last Thursday, I placed a telephone call to the mayor (Don Guardian), and I told him my view was the city needed help, and I wanted to help the city and we needed to work together," Christie said in the announcement, joined by Guardian and New Jersey Senate president Stephen Sweeney.

Christie said Tuesday that he believes the legislation will pass the statehouse in February, noted the Asbury Park Press.

Guardian declined to call the agreement a takeover, according to NJ Advance Media, classifying it as cooperation, instead.

"We like being a cash cow. We like being an ATM for the state," Guardian said, according to the Asbury Park Press, adding that he believes the state would benefit from a healthy Atlantic City. "We want to continue to do that. We're not dead. We're just wounded. So help us fix ourselves."

"You can call it whatever you want to call it," Christie said, according to NJ Advance Media.

Just last week Guardian appeared to be at odds with Christie's chief of staff Regina Egea about a state takeover, telling talk radio WPHT-AM that she was "conspiring" the takeover, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

"This governor has been very good and has shown great leadership," Guardian told the radio station last week. "The only place he really hurts is in picking chiefs of staff.

"The first one didn't like the mayor of Fort Lee and as a result, we had 'Bridgegate,' and now, this chief of staff doesn't like the mayor of Atlantic City and she's trying to strip the people of the right to self-government and it's just another civil rights game. Not the governor's doing, this is the chief of staff," said Guardian.

Christie responded to the criticism of Egea on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire last week, saying: "The mayor of Atlantic City should just do his job, OK?"

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