NJ elected officials: Hanson's plans wrong
November 16, 2010
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Some of New Jersey's elected officials are publicly criticizing the second report by the Hanson commission, which has recommended racing just six days of harness racing at the Meadowlands and then closing the track permanently. Their comments were reported by writer John Brennan in The Record (www.northjersey.com).
Sen. Jennifer Beck, a Republican legislator who attended a racing symposium at Perretti Farms in late September, told Brennan the plan was “unworkable for 2011 and unacceptable as a solution for the industry’s challenges.
“The latest recommendations from the [Hanson] committee do not allow for a progression of change,” Beck said.
East Rutherford mayor James Cassella said the Hanson report's second recommendations were wrong. The Record story states: “Simply put, it would be wrong” to virtually close the track Cassella said, and that Christie and his staff “are more concerned with Atlantic City casinos and their situation as opposed to a horse racing industry that has been good to the state of New Jersey.
“They’re not looking hard enough for solutions,” Cassella said.
Sen. Paul Sarlo, from Wood-Ridge in the northern part of the state, accused the Christie administration of “brinksmanship” because of the timing of when the Hanson report was released--just hours after a Senate committee passed a series of measures with revenues directed to horse racing purses.
"It’s irrational and completely irresponsible, and the timing just shows that Christie does not really want to work with this legislature,” Sarlo told The Record. “This is not a game — too many jobs are at stake here.”
Click here to read The Record's story.