ATLANTIC CITY - The Governor's Office has not yet set boundaries for a proposed casino and tourism district in which state entities would take over municipal services, planning and tourism marketing responsibilities.
The state's intervention in Atlantic City could expand beyond casino gambling and entertainment to include the city's highly successful retail outlets and other areas, according to maps of the newly proposed tourism district provided by Gov. Chris Christie's office.
Instead of designating a specific zone, the maps are merely conceptual drawings showing the types of tourist attractions and amenities the state would like to see in the resort. They include locations outside the casino strip, such as The Walk outlet stores and a potential "Vegas-style" nightclub area bordered by Atlantic, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Baltic avenues.
Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the governor, said that the map is purely "theoretical" and that the details of Christie's entire plan still must be discussed among his Advisory Commission on New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment. Drewniak also supplied a copy of an executive order signed by Christie Thursday extending the commission's existence until June 30, 2011 to assist in implementing its recommendations.
"You've got to give us some time. We are continuing to work on it and so is the commission," Drewniak said .