At first blush, a takeover of Atlantic City's casino district calls to mind the state's 2002 takeover of another struggling New Jersey city - Camden.
But there are significant differences between the plan that Gov. Christie will outline for the gaming resort on Wednesday, according to published reports, and former Gov. McGreevey's far-reaching effort, which ended in January after failing to succeed at revitalization.
In Camden, the state seized political control, which is apparently not happening in Atlantic City. Political and budgetary decisions in Camden were ultimately the governor's, with a gubernatorially appointed Camden chief operating officer holding more powers than a mayor would and earning a salary that eventually exceeded the governor's. The operating officer could appoint school board members and overrule almost any move by Camden's mayor and City Council members.