A DECADE into the century, New Jersey got a new governor who vowed to cure what ailed this place. The story has a familiar ring today, but that governor was Woodrow Wilson, and the year was 1910.
A long line of public figures have tried to “fix” Atlantic City, including reformers who have attacked the corruption that was baked deeply into local politics, but most of them, including Wilson, had little lasting impact. Their experience is a cautionary tale for the latest in that line, Gov. Chris Christie, who announced plans last month to revive this city’s flagging economy by having the state essentially take over municipal operations in the casino district. [The New York Times]