New Jersey officials have approved $4.3 million in state subsidies to keep the 2019 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.
The state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved the funding Tuesday after months of uncertainty over the pageant’s future.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that the pageant’s contract was under scrutiny after emails surfaced showing former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell disparaging the appearance and intellect of former pageant winners.
Haskell resigned in December 2017, along with a number of board members. The pageant is currently being led by former Fox News Channel anchor and 1998 Miss America Gretchen Carlson.
The chairman of the authority board of directors says officials were encouraged by the pageant’s description of the 2019 competition as having a focus on women’s empowerment and related issues.
Original article appeared on The Morning Call