Atlantic City awaits judge’s ruling on payroll and schools

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City officials are awaiting word on whether they can make payroll.

A judge on Friday is expected to decide if the city can make a scheduled payroll payment or save the money for its school system, forcing the city to shut down non-essential government services.

The state on Monday filed suit to stop the city from making the payroll payment because it owes its school district more than $30 million.

Gov. Chris Christie is trying to pressure Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to support a state takeover measure that allows the state to renegotiate public employee contracts.

Prieto objects to that and has proposed his own bailout legislation on Thursday that Christie declared dead on arrival. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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