New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he vetoed an Atlantic City aid package because the city has failed over five years to get its finances in order.
A spokesman for the Republican presidential candidate says Christie won’t let the state’s taxpayers become “enablers in this waste and abuse.”
The comments came after Atlantic City officials said they will hold an emergency meeting next week to consider asking the state for permission to declare bankruptcy.
Christie vetoed a package Tuesday to help the city and its eight casinos. Mayor Don Guardian says he feels like he has been knifed in the back by the state.
Atlantic City is also trying to fight off a proposed state takeover of its finances and major decision-making power.