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To the editor:
We have been devastated but not from Sandy as much as from the negative publicity that followed and preceded the press conference with President Obama in Brigantine.
Gov. Christie needs to help get us back in business or Atlantic City will hang like a dead albatross around his neck when our city fails. There is no one in the streets or casinos.
Worse, there is a communications divide between the mainland and the islands. It's like the barrier beach islands have become a no-man's land. A difference of 10 miles has separated us by dimensions.
It's as though we live in two different worlds in the sense that, since the hurricane, many of those who live on the mainland have avoided even going to the island unless they work there.
But Atlantic City was and still is the drive engine for the state of New Jersey's economy, and many of those living on the mainland and throughout the state either directly or indirectly depend on this city's income for their survival.
Atlantic City was supposed to be Gov. Christie's "shining moment," but some squabbling and petty politics now threaten to cause him to turn his back on our beautiful city.
Don't let this happen. It will be the low point of his career and the loss of our income, citizens of New Jersey.
Unite and stand strong. Either we stand together, or we will hang apart.
Joel S. Fogel