Anthony Marino is a local pundit and a former director of the Expressway Authority. He was a guest on WOND 1400 am radio, on Feb. 4.
Marino told listeners that crime is down and the streets of Atlantic City are clean as a whistle. The WOND radio host disagreed, and gave plenty of examples that Marino was wrong.
WOND radio host Scott Cronick: Plenty of prostitutes and drug activity in Atlantic City. Open drug deals on a daily basis.
Marino to Cronick: why would you tell people (on the radio) there’s hookers right up the street from your Tennessee Ave business?
Listen to Anthony Marino on WOND Radio:
Marino says part of the perceived crime problem in Atlantic City is: suburban white people are not accustomed to seeing people walking down Pacific & Atlantic Ave. White suburban visitors not used to seeing that sight. Thinking: they must be drug addicts. Those women must be prostitutes.
Prostitutes sitting on church steps. At corner of Pacific & Tennessee Ave.
WATCH VIDEO: AC HOOKERS
Casino execs with their constant complaints. I wish they thought a little bit before they say those things.
In 1983, Marino was walking in AC…and was accosted by 4 hookers at 2 in the afternoon. They tried to undress Marino in broad day-light.
Marino asks if arrests are being made, and what about the Atlantic City police? What are they doing? Cronick struggled to answer that question.
Marino: The president of Resorts Casino, Mark Giannantonio, is saying strange things about the city he’s been working in for most of his life.
WOND radio host: The (former) Sands lot looks like a crap hole.
Lots littered with trash. CRDA claims somebody else clean stuff like this. CRDA is responsible for just about everything inside the Tourism District.
We need more street lighting. Mayor Small & CRDA can’t get this simple issue resolved. Been going on for years.
An Atlantic City Disease. We see bad stuff and say nothing. We kind of look the other way. We let things go for too long.
Marino asks: was Joe Lupo (of Hard Rock) exaggerating?
Casino execs should spend more on safety & cops on the street / boardwalk.