Atlantic City needed a makeover anyway.
As for the dumb Mayor, it's a piss poor neighborhood right outside of the boardwalk. This is a way to get more government money for those po' people, like Nagin did for Nawlins.
"Everything dies, baby, that's a fact
Maybe everything that dies will some day come back
Put your make up on, fix your hair up pretty
and meet me tonight in Atlantic City".