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Steve Adubato: What do we have to lose by Christie taking over Atlantic City?

Steve Adubato: What do we have to lose by Christie taking over Atlantic City?
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

It's easy to criticize a bold and decisive plan to change the status quo, even when the status quo isn't getting the job done. But, the alternative — staying the course — is sometimes just not acceptable.

Consider the historic proposal put forth by Governor Chris Christie to drastically change the gambling, horse racing and entertainment industry in the state. One of the most significant portions of the plan has to do with Atlantic City. Christie is proposing that the state of New Jersey take over gambling and tourism activities in the city. It's no secret that casino revenues have dropped by 25 percent in just the past few years and about 12,000 jobs have been lost during that time. A recent editorial in The Star-Ledger said; "If this keeps up, Atlantic City will soon become Camden East." Simply put, Atlantic City is not a particularly attractive place for millions of people who have countless choices on where to spend their discretionary dollars.

 

Christie’s making medical marijuana unworkable for New Jersey’s patients

Christie’s making medical marijuana unworkable for New Jersey’s patients
BY PAUL ARMENTANO
COMMENTARY

The Christie administration is contemplating making the nation's most restrictive medical marijuana law even more restrictive. Lawmakers do so at the expense of patients' we...

Christie’s budget puts Band-Aids on New Jersey’s core challenges

Christie’s budget puts Band-Aids on New Jersey’s core challenges
BY GARY S. SCHAER
COMMENTARY

When both houses of the New Jersey Legislature passed the $29.4 billion state budget June 28 — which Governor Christie signed the next day — I was not one of those voting in...

There are signs N.J. is starting to value state’s colleges

There are signs N.J. is starting to value state’s colleges
BY DARRYL G. GREER
COMMENTARY

Expanding the state's competitiveness by providing more college opportunity in the Garden State has not been a high priority for New Jersey. This has been the case for man...

N.J. requiring fire sprinklers will save lives

N.J. requiring fire sprinklers will save lives
BY JOHN S. WISNIEWSKI
COMMENTARY

We've heard the stories all too often — horrible fires that leaves fatalities in their wake, ripping apart families and ending lives too soon.

These are tragic events, ma...

Washington understands it takes a village to raise a child

Washington understands it takes a village to raise a child
BY HILDA L. SOLIS
COMMENTARY

A colleague of mine in the Obama administration sparked a political controversy about 15 years ago when she wrote about the impact a village can have in raising a child. Whi...

Merging with Cherry Hill could save Merchantville

Merging with Cherry Hill could save Merchantville
BY GINA GENOVESE
COMMENTARY

In Merchantville, Camden County, a group of concerned residents are moving their community toward long-term sustainability by proposing that their town seriously look at conn...

Leasing N.J. parks to private companies would be a violation of the public trust

Leasing N.J. parks to private companies would be a violation of the public trust
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie is again advocating for increased privatization in the state government. The governor recently released a report that called for leasing out management of a...

Ranking in Money Magazine’s Top Places to Live in U.S. reveals troubling trend for N.J. town

Ranking in Money Magazine’s Top Places to Live in U.S. reveals troubling trend for N.J. town
BY MICHAEL MORRIS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Money Magazine recently came out with its annual list of the "Top 100 places to live in United States" for 2010; kudos goes to Middletown for once again...

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