Assessing New Jersey’s takeover of Camden

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An aerial view of Camden's waterfront, from the southwest.
An aerial view of Camden's thriving waterfront, from the southwest.

An aerial view of the North Camden waterfront, as seen from the northeast.
An aerial view of the not-so-thriving North Camden waterfront, as seen from the northeast.
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What’s the matter with Camden? After a 13-month investigation and a series of compelling stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer by reporter MATT KATZ, we have a better idea what’s gone wrong with the largest, and most expensive, state takeover of an American city. Katz joins us in studio to discuss what’s happened since 2002, when then-Gov. McGreevey gave the city a $182 million package of aid at the expense of stripping Camden’s political self-determination, as well as what Governor-elect Chris Christie might do. Then, we’ll call out to DAVE FOSTER, president and CEO of the Greater Camden Partnership, who offers a different take on the state’s investment in Camden.
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