ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says the remaking of Atlantic City will go more smoothly with the city's new mayor at the helm.
Sweeney and Mayor-elect Don Guardian discussed the struggling casino town's future Wednesday over lunch at the White House, a famed city sub shop.
Afterward, Sweeney said Atlantic City's rejuvenation would be accelerated by Guardian, who narrowly beat incumbent Democrat Lorenzo Langford in November to become the city's first Republican mayor in 23 years.
Langford had fractured relationships with Sweeney and Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie is midway through a plan to rejuvenate Atlantic City, which has seen increased gambling competition in neighboring states.
The 12 casinos have seen a steady drop in revenues over the past five years.