Christie Wants Summit on Atlantic City’s Future

"No doubt Atlantic City faces real challenge."

Photo courtesy  Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

In the wake of this week’s announcement the Revel Casino is closing — and thus eliminating more than 3,000 jobs — Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’ll convene a summit about Atlantic City’s future.

The Inquirer reports on the response by AC Mayor Don Guardian:

Of Christie’s summit announcement, Guardian, a fellow Republican, said: “This is where the rubber meets the road.”

He said state officials have been visiting Atlantic City, but the summit would allow for a collective conversation: “You bring all of them together and say, ‘Here’s what we really need to do.’ ”

Guardian is listed among the invitees to the summit, which Christie’s office said would also feature Democratic and Republican legislative leaders in the Senate and Assembly; other Atlantic City officials, including Democratic State Sen. Jim Whelan, Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown, and Democratic Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo; and officials of the casino industry and organized labor.

Christie is hosting an unrelated town hall in Ocean City on Thursday. The AC summit will be held next month.

Previously: Revel Atlantic City: Death, Delinquency, and Despair