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Bill would extend state takeover of Atlantic City by 4 years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s takeover of most of Atlantic City’s major decision-making power may be extended for another four years. Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo has introduced a bill that would extend state control, while restoring civil service protections for city workers including police and firefighters. The takeover was proposed by former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, and enacted in the Democrat-controlled state Legislature in 2016. It was designed to help the state reign in runaway expenses, high taxes, and poor governance in the seaside gambling resort. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy campaigned on a pledge to end the state takeover, but changed course soon after taking office.

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