Christie nukes Atlantic City mayor as fiscal impasse lingers

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie came to Atlantic City, not to meet with its embattled mayor, but to denounce the fellow Republican him as "a liar" who can't do math or understand simple concepts.

The governor on Wednesday used his harshest language yet to criticize Mayor Don Guardian as the seaside gambling resort draws closer to going broke.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto continues to refuse to post an Atlantic City takeover bill for a vote unless provisions are added protecting public employee contracts — something Guardian supports.

The governor called Guardian a liar for agreeing to, then opposing, a state takeover.

Guardian says he's disappointed Christie has resorted to name-calling instead of helping the city. Guardian says lawmakers promised changes to protect Atlantic City but never delivered them.