Racketeer Finance

The “old” Atlantic City — long before casinos and NJ Governor Christie’s initiatives — had a financial code and structure that may not have been legal, but kept the bottom line healthy. Town boss Nucky Johnson ran the rackets and reigned as financial czar, enriching himself (and associates) and returning modest chunks of the loot to the poor.

For a sense of the downside of that system, visit this video here highlighting my novel “Brother’s Keeper.”

— Jim Waltzer

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