Roger Gros: Take Chance on Atlantic City Government Change?

Mayor Marty Small

Roger Gros of Casino Connection posted his thoughts on the upcoming, change of government ballot question in Atlantic City.

A major YES vote could change the form of Atlantic City government on March 31.

If passed, the ward system would go away. Five council members would be elected ‘at large’… and would represent entire city.

Those five would choose the next Atlantic City Mayor from among themselves.

Council would then hire a professional city manager who would run the city. All departments including doing budgets, hiring staff, negotiating contracts, etc.

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Gros: At first blush, I’d have to agree with the opponents. Voters in the city would no longer have the opportunity to elect a mayor. The councilmen would not represent any single ward in the city, so the individual wards—which are sometimes quite different—would get no special attention.

Atlantic City Residents for Good Government is pushing for change.

Roger Gros: Many Atlantic City residents will vote for a change in government. They’re sick of the corruption, the incompetence and the declining standard of living in the city. Why not take a chance?

Read full post by Roger Gros of Casino Connection.


  1. mcdevitt will ruin the city with his biased and one sided views of others who reside withiin the city

  2. I fail to understand the rationale for changing the current form of city government especially just after an election in 2019. The current system in effect of a Mayor, 6 council members representing 6 different diverse sections of Atlantic City and 3 additional at-large members, all elected by the voters seems perfectly fitting for this city. The council positions are in staggered elections which makes it easy to vote out a member whom the district’s voters do not think is representing them.
    The proposed 5-member council that would select a mayor every year among themselves then hire a city manager/chief executive is not representative of the voters. It gives too much power to a small circle. It is not a democratic system. It is a Parliamentary form which is much more liable for fraud and favoritism. This form would be very easy for a small group of individuals and powerful outsiders to exert undue influence on decisions considered by council. It is much harder to coerce 9 plus a mayor than essentially 5 members. This is particularly critical as it is likely the sale of city property, utilities and important large city contracts may be up for consideration in the near future.
    Look at the people behind the initiative. Do you know who they all are? It has been published. Look it up. Do you know who is behind them? Do you know why they want to change it? Have you seen the spreadsheet comparing the costs of both? They want to select a mayor from among themselves every year; sounds like each one will have a chance for the better position. The move sounds like a coup to me. I have been a resident since 1946. AC has been that route before, and it failed. The time for change is definitely not now, not this format.

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