Mayor Langford said he did not get all he wanted from the state in terms of concessions, and still held out the possibility of suing to block the plan.
Lawmakers passed key aspects of an Atlantic City rescue plan proposed last summer by the governor to help the struggling resort deal with withering competition from casinos in neighboring states.
Figures to be released Monday afternoon by the state Casino Control Commission are expected to show the nation’s second-largest gambling market has lost nearly a third of its business since the end of 2006.
Gov. Chris Christie said he won’t sign a bill that would allow smaller casinos to be built in Atlantic City before the rest of an ambitious package to rejuvenate the nation’s second-largest gambling market is also approved.
Bills to create a casino district with much greater state oversight and to loosen the amount of regulation that govern the city’s 11 casinos will be considered.
Christie said a deal could be hammered out on Monday if the Assembly agrees to push back its Christmas vacation, and said the deal would give Atlantic City certainty about its future.