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Republican County Chairman on Badar Field

   We received the following press release.



                                       For Immediate Release                                       
Contact:  Keith Davis (609) 677-0707

                                       August 15, 2008



Davis Hits Corzine for Special Legislation on Bader Field



            Atlantic County Republican chairman Keith Davis today accused the Corzine Administration of “singling out Atlantic City for state oversight in land development projects while turning an official blind eye toward the history of corruption involving land deals in other major cities in the state.”


            Davis said the legislation, signed quietly and without comment by the Governor, establishes the state Local Finance Board as the oversight authority for land development projects and restricts it to municipalities with legalized casino gaming. 


            “It’s practicing special legislation at its worst,” Davis said, “and is designed solely to wrest control of the future development of Bader Field out of the hands of local government.”


            “Two weeks ago, we witnessed former Newark Mayor Sharpe James being sentenced to Federal prison after being convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges involving the sale and development of municipally owned land,” Davis said.  “Yet, the bill signed into law by the Governor was amended to exempt cities like Newark and Camden, for example, from its state oversight provisions.”


            “By signing the legislation, the Governor has made a clear statement that his administration considers Atlantic City government to be untrustworthy while ignoring the very recent history of corruption in Newark,” Davis said.   “State Sen. Jim Whelan, who failed to call for the resignation of James from the Senate when James was indicted, obviously shares the Governor’s view of the City government.”


            “Why the double standard?” Davis asked.  “Crafting legislation singling out one municipality for state control over land development is not only poor public policy but a case of selective ethics as well.”


            “The future of Bader Field is crucial to the economic future of Atlantic City and the entire region and great care must be exercised to assure its’ development is carried out openly and honestly,” Davis said.  “The same approach should apply to every other municipality in the state and it’s difficult to understand why the governor feels it’s only necessary here.



Paid for by Atlantic County Republican Committee.  Michael Goloff, CPA, Treasurer.


About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


2 thoughts on “Republican County Chairman on Badar Field

  1. Davis is completely correct with this. Remember in the beginning, this was supposed to apply to ALL cities in NJ, but the corrupt politicians in the rest of the state objected. So they make it apply ONLY to AC and it gets passed. Something stinks to high heaven and Mason’s demand to move this process forward as fast as possible makes it even MORE suspect.

    Posted by dave202 | August 15, 2008, 10:52 pm
  2. The reason why Atlantic City has been singled out is because Atlantic City has distinguished itself with the most incompetent and corrupt city government in New Jersey – and that is really saying something. As the Hanky Panky Report previously reported, the mayor and city council are rushing the RFP process in the midst of an historic economic downturn and credit crisis that has cause casino companies to suspend or delay development projects both here and in Las Vegas. There could hardly be a worse time to push to sell Bader Field given current market conditions. Hopefully, someone in the State government will have enough sense to wait out the credit crisis. If not, this parcel will be sold for pennies on the dollar at a loss of hundreds of millions to taxpayers.

    Posted by The Hanky Panky Report | August 20, 2008, 7:18 pm

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