Guests: BRYANT SIMON, MARK DI IONNO, MARTA STOTT
With ratings agency Standard and Poor’s recent reduction of Atlantic City’s credit rating, the city’s government has announced that it will need to cut hundreds of public-sector jobs. The current tumult is a direct result of the closing of four of Atlantic City’s casinos. New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, has publicly declared his desire to reinvent the fledgling town, but has been nonspecific in how it will go from a gambling hub to a broader tourism hub. Today, we discuss some possible futures for Atlantic City with BRYANT SIMON, professor of history at Temple University and author of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America. We’ll also be joined by MARK DI IONNO, columnist for The Star-Ledger. And we’ll hear from MARTA STOTT, a retired police officer and lifelong Atlantic City resident.