Miss America Coming Home to AC

A formal announcement was made earlier this morning.

There she is, Miss America,and she's headed home -- back to Atlantic City, N.J.

The Miss America pageant was an Atlantic City staple for decades before it was moved to Las Vegas in 2006.

Gov. Chris Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak confirmed the news of the pageant's return to Atlantic City on Wednesday night and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno made a formal announcement from Boardwalk Hall earlier this morning.

"It's a deal...But it's still not in writing. It's a handshake. We haven't crossed all the T's or dotted all the I's...But we're so confident that we'll see Miss America the pageant here in just seven months that we didn't want to miss an opportunity to announce it to you," Guadango said.

Guadango also announced that the deal will keep Miss America in Atlantic City for the next three years. 

Figures and specifics have not yet been worked out.

The Miss America pageant started as little more than a bathing suit revue. It broke viewership records in its heyday and bills itself as one of the world's largest scholarship programs for women. But like other pageants, it has struggled to stay relevant as national attitudes regarding women's rights have changed.

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