As Atlantic City falls, Christie returns to New Jersey scrum

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The political gamesmanship between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats around the state is heating up.

But it's a fight with a fellow Republican causing Christie the most immediate concern.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian warned this week that the resort town's collapsing finances will force a weekslong shutdown of nonessential government services next month if it doesn't get state aid.

Christie demands that a takeover measure already passed by New Jersey's upper house be approved by the Assembly.

Guardian and Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto say the takeover bill goes too far, including by allowing union contracts to be torn up.

Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Harrison says Christie is handling the controversies well. But she says Christie's failed presidential bid has created a new dynamic in New Jersey that opens him to attacks.