Are there echoes of Camden in NJ’s Atlantic City intervention plan?


Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney hope New Jersey lawmakers will act on a plan for the state to take control of Atlantic City’s finances. 

With this latest action, South Jersey residents could be reminded of the state’s takeover in Camden.

“It’s a pretty good analogy,” agrees James Hughes, dean of the Blaustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. “We don’t know the full details of the state’s plans in Atlantic City, and they don’t know them all yet either. But the model of having the county take over the police force and the state having fiscal input and responsibility — the broad principles are similar.”

Hughes discussed the proposal intended to stave off bankruptcy in Atlantic City with NewWorks Tonight’s Dave Heller. 

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