Here's Bill Finley's hard hitting article on the New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Committee. It does not augur well for Meadowlands harness racing, or for thoroughbred racing, even though all indications are that the changes made by Monmouth this summer have done very well
Commission to N.J. racing: Drop dead
When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie put together something called the New Jersey Gaming, Sports and Entertainment Advisory Commission and asked it to come up with solutions for the many thorny issues facing the state's gambling interests, the horse racing industry knew it might be in for a hard time. Not only were the Meadowlands and Monmouth, both state-owned tracks, losing money the state couldn't afford to lose, but also the deck figured to be stacked in favor of the powerful Atlantic City casino interests. In New Jersey, it always is.
But no one could have expected what was to come out of the commission, a report that figures to have devastating consequences for New Jersey racing, particularly the harness industry. The commission didn't come up with one thing to help horse racing or even a hint of a solution. Rather, it says the way to fix things is to kill the game.
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