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Michael Symons is Statehouse bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5. He previously covered the Statehouse for Gannett newspapers for more than 15 years. He's co-author of the biography 'Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.' Follow him at @MichaelSymons_ on Twitter.
Atlantic City Harrahs Renovations
This Oct. 15, 2015 photo shows the exterior of Harrah's Resort Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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Atlantic City pitches last-ditch fiscal plan to prevent state takeover

Gov. Chris Christie's administration has until Tuesday to decide whether to accept Atlantic City's five-year financial plan or reject it in favor of a takeover.

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Sen. Nicholas Scutari views marijuana for sale at the Groundswell Cannabis Boutique, a dispensary in Denver, Colo. The senator toured the facility on Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Photo provided by NJ Senate Democrats)
Sen. Nicholas Scutari views marijuana for sale at the Groundswell Cannabis Boutique, a dispensary in Denver, Colo. The senator toured the facility on Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Photo provided by NJ Senate Democrats)
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Trip to Colorado convinces NJ senator he’s right on legalizing marijuana

Sen. Nicholas Scutari, who wants New Jersey to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use, says Colorado's experience bodes well for a similar effort here.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - MARCH 30: A police cruiser patrols the beach as seen from the Trump Taj Mahal casino hotel on March 30, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Atlantic City is due to run out of funds to pay city employees on April 8. Many city workers, including members of the fire and police departments, have vowed to continue working without pay until funds are restored. The Jersey Shore gambling resort town has seen four casinos close in recent years, cutting its casino tax revenue in half. The financial crisis has pitted Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has refused to bail out Atlantic City with state funds. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A police cruiser patrols the beach as seen from the Trump Taj Mahal casino hotel on March 30, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Clock ticking for Atlantic City, as Christie signs financial rescue plan

Gov. Chris Christie signs the bills that help Atlantic City avoid bankruptcy but give the city five months to fix its finances. If it can't, the state takes over.

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Governor Chris Christie Press Conference on Atlantic City
Atlantic City Don Guardian and Gov. Chris Christie at the announcement of an agreement on a state takeover of Atlantic City's finances (Governor's Office)
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Atlantic City financial rescue plan on Christie’s desk

Atlantic City’s financial rescue, or perhaps its path to a state takeover of local government, is one step away from being put into motion.

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