There She Is -- New Jersey Bestows Public Cash on Miss America

  • Agency subsidizes pageant without clear statistics of benefit
  • Atlantic City generates funds it doesn’t control, faces crisis

The Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in 1969.

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The Miss America pageant was dreamed up in the 1920s to bring money to Atlantic City. In 2016, that’s what New Jersey considers as economic development for the beleaguered seaside resort.

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