Gov. Phil Murphy Calls For State ‘Partnership’ With Atlantic City

January 31, 2018 Observer NJ

By Christian Hetrick

Former Gov. Chris Christie may be gone, but the state could stay in Atlantic City.

Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that he envisions a “partnership” between the state and cash-strapped city, but he didn’t repeat his campaign promise to end the controversial state takeover of the local government when asked about it during an unrelated news conference in the city.

And the city’s new mayor, Frank Gilliam, said he isn’t expecting state officials to pack up and leave.

“I was never a fan of the over-the-top big footing,” Murphy said of the Christie administration’s approach to Atlantic City. “I want to think much more on the sense of a partnership, and we will be a partner. And I think it’s something sooner than later.”