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Kennedy Stands with Speaker Prieto in Urging Christie to Act as Atlantic City Inches Closer to Running out of Cash

Assemblyman James J. Kennedy (D-Middlesex/Somerset/Union) urged Gov. Christie on Friday to use the tools at his disposal or work with the Assembly on a compromise as Atlantic City inches closer to running out of cash.

“With Atlantic City just a week away from running out of cash, this is no time for propagating falsehoods. What matters are the facts at hand right now – the Governor already has a host of tools at his disposal to start mitigating disaster.

“Instead he’s chosen to dig in his heels and insist that the legislature hand him the sweeping authority to dissolve all of Atlantic City’s assets, do away with collective bargaining rights and ultimately disenfranchise tens of thousands of people.

“This falls in line with the ‘my way or the highway’ pattern we’ve seen throughout his tenure, which has earned New Jersey a record number of credit rating downgrades and the highest poverty rate in roughly 50 years. Clearly this is not the right approach.

“I stand with Speaker Prieto in urging the Governor to act or come to the table and listen to new ideas before it’s too late,” said Kennedy.