Christie holds firm on Atlantic City bailout bills

Gov. Chris Christie says a shutdown of nonessential services in Atlantic City is uncharted territory that he wants to avoid.

Speaking on WPGG-AM’s “Hurley in the Morning” program Thursday, Christie reiterated it’s all or nothing when it comes to preventing Atlantic City from collapsing into financial ruin.

Christie says he will only sign legislation that lets the state takeover Atlantic City that he and Senate President Steve Sweeney agreed to.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has raised concerns about the state potentially ending collective bargaining agreements under the legislation and has called on the governor and Sweeney to compromise.

Mayor Don Guardian says he’ll be forced to shut down nonessential government services next month if the city doesn’t get state aid.

Christie accuses the mayor and assembly speaker of playing politics and a game of chicken.

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