There they go again -- big government deciding that it knows better than the locals, grabbing more authority for itself and creating a brand-new bureaucracy with lots of jobs to fill. I predict outrage -- let me rephrase that, I would have predicted outrage if President Obama had proposed something like this, but since a massive takeover of Atlantic City was proposed by conservative hero Chris Christie, it must be okay.
The commission's report calls for the creation of a new authority to take over the Atlantic City casino district, and in effect become a separate government within Atlantic City.
The new authority would answer directly to the governor. Boardwalk Hall and the convention center would fall under the new authority, and the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority would be shut down. Revenue collected by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority would stay in Atlantic City instead of being distributed around the state.