NJ Senate committee approves bills to help racing
November 08, 2010
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A New Jersey state Senate committee on Monday reportedly passed four bills that are designed to help the state's horse racing industry. The Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee approved allowing racing to open off-track wagering site, allow exchange wagering, place all pari-mutuel wagering into one betting pool, and reduce the number of mandatory race dates at the Meadowlands and Freehold to 100.
Other components are expected to be part of a final package sent to Gov. Christie for signature, including legalizing online poker for state residents.
"It's good that we're doing all this, it's good that we're trying to move ahead on these issues," state Sen. Richard Codey was quoted as saying on northjersey.com. "But all of this does not fix the woes of racing in New Jersey. Until and unless we are allowed to have slot machines at our tracks, they won't succeed like their 'brothers' in neighboring states."