Atlantic City aid bill up for vote, but impasse could linger

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers will try again to help Atlantic City avoid going broke.

But nothing is likely to be resolved Thursday.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto will put his version of an Atlantic City aid bill up for a vote. But even if it passes, Senate president Steve Sweeney, a fellow Democrat, vows not to put it up for a vote in the Senate.

Sweeney is holding out for his own Atlantic City aid bill, which is backed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie. It gives the city 130 days to stabilize its finances, compared to two years under the Assembly bill.

Should Prieto's own bill fail, he still won't put Sweeney's bill up for a vote Thursday.

Reeling from the contraction of its casino industry, Atlantic City is nearly broke.

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