New Jersey will continue control of Atlantic City government

All indications are New Jersey’s takeover of Atlantic City’s government will remain in place for its full five year term, despite Governor Phil Murphy’s vow as a candidate to end it.

While the takeover timetable developed during the Christie Administration remains in place, the agenda will change under Murphy mostly due to citizen input.

Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, who doubles as head of the Department of Community Affairs, made the announcement at a community meeting and on line at the department’s website.

She says the blueprint developed last year will serve as the roadmap going forward.

“It recommends that we build the capacity and talent of municipal employees and support the stability of casinos and businesses to help build a diverse economy of high wage jobs,” Oliver said. “We will improve residents’ quality of life and attract new residents by developing strategic projects such as a food market, after school and summer programs for children and creating walkable neighborhoods.”

It’s hoped that by November 2021, when the takeover is scheduled to expire, there’s enough progress to convince legislators not to extend it.