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Mayor of Atlantic City Balks at Scope of State’s Plans for Fiscal Takeover

Guardian compares sweeping controls of city’s finances to ‘a fascist dictatorship’

A few weeks ago, Atlantic City’s mayor stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Gov. Chris Christie and state Senate President Stephen F. Sweeney (D-Gloucester) as they announced plans for state control of Atlantic City’s finances.

But Mayor Don Guardian declared yesterday that the state’s plans would create “absolutely a fascist dictatorship.”

“The plan would allow the state to appoint a non-elected official to unilaterally terminate all collective bargaining agreements, unilaterally seize, lease or monetize all AC owned assets, unilaterally abolish non-elected positions and terminate all employees, unilaterally veto the minutes of city council…This is an insult to democracy and to American citizens living in Atlantic City,” Guardian said.

Sweeney responded with harsh words for the Atlantic City mayor: “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in the mayor. He knew what he was getting into. The city can’t control its costs. Just saying, ‘Give us more money and give us a chance’? They’ve been given plenty of chances. It’s time for the mayor to look in the mirror.”

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