New Jersey has plans to take over parts of Atlantic City as part of a tourism district — the boundaries for which are not yet solidified, but will include the Boardwalk, beach and Bader Field.
Mayor Lorenzo Langford has likened the district to the South African apartheid, saying it will create racial segregation. He announced last year plans to sue. But he can’t use public funds to do so.
The Department of Community Affairs will prevent the mayor from using public funds to file a federal suit over the state-run district. The DCA’s conditional approvals earlier this month of contracts for 18 law firms require that Langford not use the those firms to contest “actions of the state of New Jersey or any of its agencies or authorities,” the Press of Atlantic City reports.
Meanwhile, auditors plan a follow-up review of the city, which was found last year to have more than $23 million in waste.