Chris Christie and the Takeover of Atlantic City

Here’s a campaign video claiming that Chris Christie is at least partly responsible for New Jersey’s alleged economic revival: I’m sure Chris Christie did some good things. As someone who was ambitious for higher office, he would be motivated to provide a legacy in New Jersey. Nevertheless, his record is mixed. Bloomberg reports, After almost five years of piecemeal efforts to fix Atlantic City, New Jersey’s distressed seaside resort faces more drastic measures: the end of its casino Read more […]

From Debt to Despotism: The Lesson of the Christie Takeover

Chris Christie’s takeover of Atlantic City shows the path from debt to despotism. Atlantic City has a city mayor who was elected by the people. He is still in office. But it is questionable how much power he has now. The state executive is taking over the city. Reportedly, “officials stopped short” of calling it a “takeover,” but Newser.com uses that terminology and so did a headline at NJ.com, until word “takeover” was replaced with “emergency plan.” Perhaps all such references Read more […]

Gambling Prohibition, Monopolies, and the “Trump” Bankruptcies: A Lesson for Conservatives

In case I get accused of libertarianism (again!), since I am writing criticisms of gambling prohibition, let me just say that I am not one. I am a Christian who thinks the Bible is the authoritative word of God that contains wisdom for all people in all places. And in the Bible, I see that a great deal of behavior can bring about bad consequences. But I don’t see all that behavior being illegal. I do see many examples of laws and government prohibitions on sex outside of marriage (thus, I can’t Read more […]