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Gov. Christie vows to enact sports betting in A.C., drinks a Yuengling at the Irish Pub and says he "not buying into" the idea that A.C. is dangerous

Gov. Christie comes to the Boardwalk to pronounce the city safer than ever, vows to enact sports betting in town by the fall and drinks a Yuengling at the Irish Pub, and says he's still waiting for the Boss to call.

Gov. Christie vows to enact sports betting in A.C., drinks a Yuengling at the Irish Pub and says he "not buying into" the idea that A.C. is dangerous

So that's Irish Pub owner Cathy Burke, God love her, she offered to buy drinks and food for the entire press and security corps with Gov. Christie. Gov. Christie was in town to sooth the nerves of a jittery city a few days after the stabbing deaths of two Canadian tourists in broad daylight and just a day before Memorial Day. As the DO AC folks handed out free popcorn and shirts, Christie said he'd be forging ahead with sports betting regulations in defiance of the federal ban. He wants the sports book legal in A.C. in time for football season. 

He dismissed the idea that Atlantic City is a dangerous place, and said he was not giving in to the perception that tourists are not safe. "I'm not buying into that," he said. "We're never going to try to justify senseless acts of violence that happenned recently," he said. "But things are much better. "

"I'm not going to surrendor to that perception," he said, though he acknowledged that some of the negative perception of the city is earned, some not. As to the headline in the Daily News this week, Tourist Deathtrap, he said. "I don't ever care much what Philadelphia thinks of New Jersey."

He said he and Mary Pat and their kids would be spending part of their Memorial Day weekend at Revel. And as for his efforts to get Bruce Springsteen to play in Atlantic City, he said he has yet to hear back from the Boss. "No, he hasn't called me," he said. 

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

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