N.J. Assembly Speaker Prieto Statement on Future of Atlantic City

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Tuesday on the future of Atlantic City:

“I’m pleased the governor and Senate president followed my lead and started a dialogue with the Atlantic City mayor. That dialogue was sorely lacking until my meeting with the mayor last week, but a new bill also changes this discussion.
“I will review any proposal to help Atlantic City, but I will be especially concerned about any effort to unilaterally alter collective bargaining agreements. We didn’t hear many specifics today from Gov. Christie or Senate President Sweeney about such things as altering collective bargaining, but that’s something that would certainly raise questions on my end.
“The fact is that no one speaks for the Assembly except for the Assembly. If the Assembly is not involved, then there is no agreement.”