The Atlantic City plan promoted by Gov. Chris Christie envisions an Atlantic City that has adult entertainment in and around casinos, a Vegas-style nightclub area downtown - and fun for families and kids on the Boardwalk.

Some people (including amusement operators in Wildwood and Ocean City) are skeptical the two will - or should - coexist.

They may be right. But one thing is certain: Atlantic City is getting the "adult" part down pretty well, judging from our recent story on the "X Burlesque" show inside Showboat and other Vegas-style shows in casinos.

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One question raised in the story is whether the state should allow the kinds of topless shows that Vegas has.

Should it? Frankly, it doesn't offend me. I wouldn't go, but if some people do, so what?

But here's the problem: I can't quite see topless dancing - even in a downtown "Vegas-style nightclub area" - coexisting with the kiddie carnival envisioned a few blocks away. So don't expect topless to be in the cards anytime soon, not if the state sticks to the plan to attract more family-friendly attractions.

Here's hoping that Atlantic City can really be the kind of town Christie is pushing for it to be - a family-friendly resort with gambling and other adult attractions.

But if it can't, I know which kinds of attractions I'm betting on.

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