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Miss America pageant back to N.J.

ATLANTIC CITY — Miss America, Atlantic City’s prodigal pageant, is coming home, and the spectacle that became synonymous with the New Jersey seaside resort is being assured all is forgiven after a six-year fling in Las Vegas.

The pageant will be back where it started 93 years ago and where it was fixture until 2006, when organizers moved to Nevada in the hopes of attracting a younger television audience.

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‘‘It was always my dream that this would return here,’’ said Art McMaster, president and chief executive of the Miss America organization. ‘‘We are back to the city where the Miss America pageant began, where the Miss America pageant was raised, and where the Miss America pageant belongs.’’

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, who worked with Governor Chris Christie’s office to entice the pageant to return, said having Miss America anywhere but Atlantic City just felt wrong.

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