Gov. Chris Christie and the state’s Democratic leadership may believe that a full takeover is the only way to revive Atlantic City’s failing finances, but a slim majority of New Jerseyans disagrees. According to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll, 51 percent of those surveyed think Atlantic City should handle its problems on its own, while 44 percent say New Jersey should step in and assume greater control.
This reverses last year’s view, when New Jerseyans solidly agreed that the state should help Atlantic City — though “help” at the time consisted only of an emergency management team and not a complete takeover.
Residents remain divided on another issue that involves Atlantic City, though the balance has shifted since October 2014. Respondents are now slightly more likely to think that gambling should be limited to Atlantic City (49 percent, up six points) rather than be permitted elsewhere in the state.