Lawmakers seek deal on Atlantic City aid

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Leaders of the New Jersey Legislature will meet Friday to try to agree on a deal to help prevent Atlantic City from going broke.

Shortly before one of two rival aid bills was to be heard in the state Assembly Thursday, Assemblyman Louis Greenwald said Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney will meet Friday in search of a compromise that has eluded the Democrats.

Prieto's bill was still expected to be voted on Thursday. But even if it passes, it is considered to be dead on arrival in the Senate, where Sweeney is insisting on his own measure. Sweeney's measure is backed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

The bills differ in how long they would give Atlantic City to stabilize its finances before the state would take over.

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