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AP: NJ Lawmaker Has Vision For AC Airport

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Atlantic City skyline, New Jersey (Photo Credit: AP)

Atlantic City skyline, New Jersey (Photo Credit: AP)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — When it comes to Atlantic City and its airport, one Southern New Jersey lawmaker is thinking big.

Senate President Steve Sweeney wants to see the international airport fully used by major carriers and the profits plunked into Atlantic City’s troubled casino industry.

The Thorofare resident says airport revenue could infuse Atlantic City with hundreds of millions of dollars of badly needed cash for redevelopment projects.

Under his plan, the South Jersey Transportation Authority would lease the airport — perhaps to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs Newark Liberty International and other major area airports.

An outline of Sweeney’s vision for the airport is contained in a bill he’s sponsoring to create a new tourism district around the casinos and step up marketing to promote the resort city.

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