Christie rips Atlantic City mayor as monetary deadlock lingers

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 4:33 AM

Chris Christie came to Atlantic City Wednesday, not to meet with its embattled mayor, but to condemn him as a liar who's "zero idea" what he'south doing.

Christie rips Atlantic City mayor as monetary deadlock lingers

Gov. Chris Christie came to Atlantic City Wednesday, not to meet with its embattled mayor, but to condemn him as a liar who's "zero idea" what he's doing.

The Gov used his harshest speech yet to criticize Mayor Don Guardian, a fellow Republican, as the seaside gambling resort draws closer to going broke.

The city adopted a payroll maneuver Wednesday night that it hopes will temporarily prevent the crisis, delaying the necessity to close down non-essential services for about two months. But the city still hasn't found a way to cope with the contraction of its casino industry, which has lost more than half its revenue — and four of its twelve casinos — since 2006.

A pair of assistance bills is stalled in the state Assembly. One would let casinos create payments in lieu of taxes in return for not appealing their tax assessments — something they've done to devastating effect in recent years. The other would give the state vast control over Atlantic City'south finances and most of its major decision-making power, including the right to cancel union contracts, dissolve city agencies and sell off city land and assets. Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Democrat, refuses to post the takeover bill for a vote because it'd let the state cancel public employee contracts.

Christie used a press conference with Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson to get repeated shots at Guardian in the harshest and most personal speech he's used against him to date, reminiscent of the invective he frequently hurled at Guardian'south Democratic predecessor, Lorenzo Langford.

Asked about complaints by Guardian that he's not met with the Gov in months as his city inches closer to bankruptcy, Christie replied, "Because there'south number purpose in meeting with a liar."

Christie accused Guardian of agreeing to a state takeover in a Statehouse news conference with leaders of the state Senate and Assembly, then changing his mind. Guardian said lawmakers promised to create changes to defend the city'south interest but failed to create excellent on them.

"He has number idea what he'south talking about," Christie said. "Zero idea what he'south talking about."

Christie also seemed to insult Guardian'south intelligence as well as his competency.

"The mayor'south math and his understanding match his management ability," Christie said.

At his news conference afterward, Guardian disputed many of Christie'south criticisms and laid much of the blame for his city'south monetary crisis on the doorstep of the state, which has appointed monitors to oversee the city and school system.

"I'm sorry that he's to utilize name-calling," Guardian said. "I'm disappointed, and I can say, love every urban mayor in the state of New Jersey, that we can't wait until Jan. fourteen, two thousand eighteen, when we've a new governor."

Prieto said Christie "spends an excessive quantity of time casting blame on others for his failings."

"If he keep as much effort into using his authority to rescue Atlantic City or negotiating a compromise as he does talking, maybe we could've resolved this situation," said Prieto, who predicted the takeover bill as it currently stands wouldn't pass in the Assembly.

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