Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz called Tuesday on the State Legislative Black Caucus to help overturn the state takeover of the resort.
“As we went through our struggle with the state, which still continues, you and the Black Caucus have maintained the banner of social justice on behalf of Atlantic City,” Shabazz said in a statement addressed to Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex, chairman of the caucus.
Shabazz spoke at the annual legislative conference sponsored by the New Jersey Black Issues Convention and the caucus in Trenton, where leaders and representatives could express issues in urban areas.
He requested the backing of the caucus to support opposing the state takeover with the next elected governor and to make sure the city’s Municipal Utilities Authority remains under public ownership, according to the statement.
Atlantic City’s chapter of the NAACP has been petitioning to stop the sale of the MUA’s waterworks without a referendum.
“In Atlantic City, we are counting the days and preparing for a new governor, one who will restore the political rights to Atlantic City voters and residents,” the statement said.
Shabazz also mentioned to the caucus that there has been a lack of diversity in the appointing of power in authorities, such as in the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority.
He also mentioned the lack of diversity in judicial appointments.
Shabazz said Tuesday that he wanted to express his concerns because the caucus has continued to be supportive of the city.