Seth Grossman said he plans to formally announce his campaign for governor next week at a small grocery store in the shadow of Atlantic City's Revel casino.

The event, at Baba Jones Food Market, 204 S. Rhode Island Ave., is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Grossman, a 63-year-old attorney from Somers Point, is taking on Gov. Chris Christie for the Republican nomination. The former Atlantic City Councilman and Atlantic County Freeholder is expected to run as the more conservative alternative to Christie, but will face challenges taking on a widely popular incumbent with more than $2 million in his campaign files.

Grossman has been a critic of Revel and the state Economic Redevelopment and Growth grant program that allowed the casino to use $261 million in state taxes to attract the additional financing needed to finish the project.

He testified in Trenton against an early version of the proposal in February 2010, arguing for "rules that treat everybody equally and fairly and don't give special deals to some people at the expense of somebody else."

But Grossman was gaveled down and escorted from the meeting room after calling the proposal the "payoff-protection act" and insinuating allegations against Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic.