Miss America pageant returns to Atlantic City, NJ

Miss America pageant returns to Atlantic City, NJ

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 12: Mallory Hytes Hagan (C), Miss New York, reacts after being crowned the new Miss America during the 2013 Miss America Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 12, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

khou.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 12:42 AM

TRENTON, N.J. -- There she is, Miss America, headed 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. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAHN'-oh) is scheduled make a formal announcement Thursday on Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.

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.

Pageant officials haven't responded to an after-hours email seeking comment.

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