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Caride to Gov. Christie: Stop the Blame Game & Use the Tools at Your Disposal to Help Atlantic City

(TRENTON) — Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement Tuesday on the future of Atlantic City:

“I have known Speaker Prieto for over 25 years. Contrary to what has been printed in the media, he is no one’s puppet.

“The Speaker has, time and time again, expressed his willingness to sit down and work out a compromise that protects the city and public workers, but his calls for responsible and fair negotiations have fallen on deaf ears. To oppose any dialogue with the Assembly given what’s at stake is irresponsible.

“Even more unsettling is the fact that the governor has been given the tools needed to help Atlantic City yet he chose to veto legislation that would have prevented a takeover thereby allowing the state, city and public workers to work out a compromise.

“The ‘my way or the highway’ attitudes and tactics that are being used against the Speaker were used in the past with pension reform and we are still dealing with the fallout.

“I support the Speaker’s fight for Atlantic City, and the right of the Assembly to make its case for a resolution that does not infringe on the rights of public workers.”