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Miss America pageant moving from Las Vegas back to New Jersey

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2013 Miss America Mallory Hytes Hagan, 23, of New York during a news conference after winning the 2013 Miss America Pageant in PH Live at Planet Hollywood on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Miss America 2013

Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan competes in the lifestyle and fitness portion of the 2013 Miss America Pageant in PH Live at Planet Hollywood on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. Hagan was later named as 2013 Miss America. Launch slideshow »

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 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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  1. No great loss. Did anyone realize it was even held here?