When Don Guardian was elected mayor of Atlantic City in 2013, he beat all the odds. A gay, white Republican in a predominantly non-white city, he defeated a sitting African American mayor by cobbling together a diverse coalition of all creeds, races and sexual orientations. But soon after he was elected, a feud with a fellow Republican, Governor Chris Christie, eventually led to a state takeover of the city, stripping him of what little power he had, given that he had no allies on City Council either. Guardian is up for re-election in November, facing similar odds he overcame four years ago. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros, an Atlantic City resident, at his offices in City Hall in August.
Mayor of Atlantic City