Atlantic City awaits judge's ruling on payroll and schools

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City officials are awaiting word on whether they can make next month's payroll.

A judge will consider whether the city can make a future payroll payment or save the money for its school system, forcing the city to shut down nonessential government services.

City officials say they do not expect a decision Friday.

The current payroll payments went out Thursday night and Friday morning. The next one is due May 6.

The state filed suit Monday to stop the city from making a payroll payment because it owes its school district more than $30 million.

Gov. Chris Christie is trying to pressure Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to support a state takeover measure that lets the state renegotiate public employee contracts.