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Corzine Considering 'Big M' Casino?

Published: October 13, 2009 10:33 am ET

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According to a report by, a member of the State of New Jersey's Commission on the Horse Racing Industry feels that governor Jon Corzine has not ruled out the possibility of a full-blown casino at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, home of the Meadowlands Racetrack.

According to the report, what is apparent, though, is that Corzine is now against the idea of the introduction of just slot machines at the track, considered by many as the Mecca of the sport in the western hemisphere. The article states that Corzine announced his stance on the idea of video lottery terminals at 'The Big M' last Friday.

The article cites Dennis Drazin, president of the Monmouth Park-based Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, as saying that Corzine hasn't ruled out the possibility of a full-fledged casino at the Meadowlands complex.

In advance of the Commission on the Horse Racing Industry's fourth bi-monthly meeting this Wednesday, committee member Tom Luchento, head of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, had fired out some frank remarks.

The article cites Luchento as saying that it seems unlikely Corzine will fairly consider the panel's recommendations. "I wasn't a happy camper when I saw his comments," Luchento was quoted as saying in the article.

Luchento went on to say, "My stomach is turning. When we meet on Wednesday, I want to tell them anything we're doing is an exercise in futility. I always thought the commission was intended to be a distraction to keep us away (from Corzine) until after the election."

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