Upgrades eyed for Atlantic City in state plan

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Atlantic City is getting another makeover, aimed at making it cleaner, safer and more appealing to visitors.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved a plan Wednesday to revive parts of the struggling seaside resort. The newly empowered agency is tasked with carrying out Gov. Chris Christie's plan to turn around the nation's second-largest gambling market.

The plan aims to create pedestrian-centered attractions around the casinos, spruce up the Boardwalk and the Atlantic and Pacific avenue commercial districts. It also seeks to increase entertainment and recreational offerings, and making sure visitors feel safe in Atlantic City.

Christie wants to give the resort five years to improve before reconsidering whether to expand casino gambling to the Meadowlands and other areas of New Jersey.

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