Pro-Taxpayer group concerned Gov. Christie’s action “may not comport with state law”
ATLANTIC CITY – Americans for Prosperity, the state’s leading grassroots, free-market group, is reacting to the news that Gov. Christie plans to have the State take over the management of troubled Atlantic City.
“Like every other New Jerseyan, Americans for Prosperity is very concerned about the serious plight in Atlantic City,” stated AFP state director Daryn Iwicki. “We are also very concerned about the economic well-being of the workers and residents of AC and the entire South Jersey region, all of whom who have been hurt as a result of the flurry of casino closures.”
“That being said, AFP has deep concerns that the governor’s action to install an emergency manager may not comport with state law. The mayor and city council were duly elected by the people of Atlantic City. The State ought to be on firm, not dubious, legal ground before usurping the authority of these democratically elected officials,” Iwicki said.
Iwicki also expressed doubts that the State takeover and installation of an emergency manager will reverse the city’s fortunes.
“AFP desires nothing less than to see the restoration of a vibrant, prosperous Atlantic City. Yet, more micromanagement of the city from Trenton is not the answer to the city’s troubles.”
“AC will not be able to reinvent itself unless it is free to respond to the existing market realities without the interference and restraints imposed by state and city governments. Only a vibrant free market—not Gov. Christie and not an emergency planner—will allow for a revival of Atlantic City.”
Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visitwww.americansforprosperity.org