The Governor's reported announcement today that he will appoint an Emergency Manager to take over operations of Atlantic City are both unnecessary and disturbing.
Atlantic City does not need an Emergency Manager to guide it through this difficult period. The Managers to be appointed are not there for their economic development vision or their insight on how to rebuild the City into a year round resort. They have been appointed simply to slash the City Budget and to give the Governor the hatchet men he needs to further ruin anyone who dares to make working for the public their career.
Mayor Guardian doesn't need someone to do his job for him. He is exactly the right man for the job and he has proven that he has vision, passion and the belief in the City and its people that Atlantic City can be restored to greatness with a little help, not interference, from the Governor.
The State PBA urges the Emergency Managers to look at how well the Atlantic City Police Department operates before accepting any of the Hanson Commission recommendations to dismantle it. Quite simply, the dedicated men and women of the ACPD have built long standing relationships with their residents and community. Officers have worked hard to slash the crime rates, reduce violent crime and seize illegal guns all while working with nearly 100 officers less than when the Governor took office. The Atlantic City PBA has also agreed to numerous concessions to the City and have been working hand in hand with Mayor Guardian to assist in filling his budget hole.
They are a huge success story and should never be compared to the Camden Police Department. The truth needs to be told about the Camden Metro Police once and for all. There is no such thing as a "Camden County" Police Department. Camden Metro only patrols Camden City and no other Camden County community wants or participates in any part of it. It is not paid for by Camden County but instead uses tens of millions of dollars in State funds in a three card monte game to hide from State taxpayers how much of their money is being used just to bust a union and its contract.
If Atlantic City received a fraction of support from the State that Camden does, that the Mayor has been repeatedly begging to get, we would be talking about the recovery that started yesterday and not about an emergency today.
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