Atlantic City relents, sets vote on government change

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City voters will decide whether to change the city’s form of government to eliminate an elected mayor now that the city admits proponents of the move have enough valid petition signatures to force a special election on the question. Mayor Marty Small said Wednesday the election has been scheduled for March 31. But at a news conference with clergy, political and community leaders at a church, Small vowed to rally opposition to the proposed change, calling it an unabashed power grab by the same interests who tried and failed to approve casinos in northern New Jersey. Only one of the three main leaders of the group supported expanding casinos beyond Atlantic City.