Atlantic City, NJ, mayor, gov’s foe, wins Dem nod

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A frequent foe of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who’s seeking another term as mayor of Atlantic City has won a primary election against two fellow Democrats, including a county official his party wanted to take his place.

Mayor Lorenzo Langford beat county Freeholder Charles Garrett and former police union president David Davidson Jr. on Tuesday.

Langford has gained attention the past couple of years for his verbal fights with the Republican governor, including during Superstorm Sandy last fall.

Christie’s administration has been increasing its role in Atlantic City as the gambling resort has struggled with more than six years of declining casino revenue. Langford is a former casino dealer.

Democrats outnumber Republicans by an 8-1 ratio in Atlantic City so the primary was considered the key election fight.

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Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC

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