Out GOP Candidate Wins Atlantic City Mayoral Race
Republican Don Guardian won an upset victory in Atlantic City’s mayoral race Tuesday over longtime incumbent Democrat Lorenzo Langford, and immediately vowed to repair relations between the city and newly re-elected Gov. Chris Christie, with whom Langford had long fought.
"I’m going to open the doors of communication with our governor and create an atmosphere where we can attract new jobs and investment to Atlantic City," he said.
Guardian is head of the city’s special improvement district, an area overseen by a state-run authority under Christie’s five-year plan to turn around Atlantic City’s struggling fortunes.
"I have a wonderful relationship with the state and I see them as our partner," he said.
With all precincts reporting, Guardian was ahead by 162 votes out of more than 6,100 cast.
His campaign said Tuesday night that of the approximately 850 absentee ballots submitted in the election, 650 were collected and submitted by Guardian’s campaign, although they hadn’t yet been opened and counted.