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New governor, new attitude concerning Atlantic City

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Phil Murphy made promises of tackling big issues like women’s health and the minimum wage as he became New Jersey’s 56th governor. His first act would be to sign an executive order to promote equal pay for women Tuesday afternoon. He also called on the Legislature to send him bill including those that reaffirm support for women’s health and Planned Parenthood, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour,  and that tear down voting barriers. But it was a line from his second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, that resonated locally. In her role as the commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, Oliver said one of her goals would be “getting Atlantic City back on its feet and free of state intervention.” The state has taken increasing power in the takeover started by former Gov. Chris Christie. But that has been expected to change under the new governor. “It’s refreshing to hear that we are going to have an opportunity to work together opposed to being dictated at,” Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam told BreakingAC. The first order of business is to get on their schedule "to discuss what the future will look like," he said.

Lynda Cohen

Lynda Cohen founded BreakingAC after working as a local newspaper reporter for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.

Sunday, May 19, 2024
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