Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small has something in common with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg … who is now the United States Secretary of Transportation.

While he was Mayor of South Bend, they called him “Pothole Pete.” But, he wasn’t called that nickname because he did a good job with filling potholes.

Nope. He was called “Pothole Pete” because he did a lousy job filling potholes.

Much of the same can be said about Small. The money is there, yet Small doesn’t fix potholes.

Here’s a case in point.

Joe Rush, who is a retired Atlantic City Deputy Fire Chief shared the following, yesterday.

First, a quick comment about Joe Rush. Rush is one of the most highly professional people that you will ever come across.

He is a responsible, good and decent man. He rarely lobs public attacks … whether in jest or otherwise.

Yesterday, Rush shared the following on his Facebook social media page.

“2 years and counting!! 2 potholes on S. Montpelier Ave. More manpower hours fitting (Traffic) cones than fixing potholes!,” said Rush.

Here is a photograph that was taken by Rush to back-up his fair point.

Joe Rush photo.
Joe Rush photo.

This is absurd and indefensible. Literally, two potholes have existed on this South Montpelier Avenue street in Atlantic City for two years.

Here’s a quick walk down memory lane, featuring one of my favorite Marty Small pothole solutions.

Harry Hurley photo.
Harry Hurley photo.

It’s hard to believe that this is real. It is from the last Christmas season, 2022.

There was a pothole big enough to lose your child inside.

Instead of fixing the pothole properly, Small had a barricade built around it.

The residents of this Richmond Avenue section of in Chelsea Heights took matters into their own hands.

I absolutely love their festive solution. The residents stuffed a fully decorated Christmas Tree inside the pothole barricade … complete with a tree skirt and tree topper.

The dereliction of public service duty by the Small administration is mystifying, as elaborate sums (millions) of dollars are presently available to fix the numerous bad roads in Atlantic City.

We have interviewed Atlantic City Councilman at Large, George Tibbitt numerous times about the deplorable road conditions in Atlantic City.

"The condition of numerous roads are unacceptable and that there has not been an organized approach exhibited by the administration," said Tibbitt.

"We simply can't wait until February of 2024 or longer to repair Atlantic Avenue. We have an obligation to our residents, taxpayers and visitors to provide safe, well maintained streets," said Tibbitt.

"It's not acceptable to expect the residents and tourists to have to deal with the dangerous conditions of the roads on Atlantic Avenue. We cannot wait months to have them repaired," concluded Tibbitt.

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