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NJ Senators Want Blue Ribbon Commission Convened

Published: November 19, 2008 12:01 pm ET

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New Jersey State senate president Richard Codey and senator Jennifer Beck yesterday sent a letter to governor John Corzine requesting the convening of a blue ribbon commission to examine the long-term stability and funding of the state's horse racing industry.

An article on highlights an excerpt from the senators' letter. The excerpt says: “In the recently signed agreement between the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the Casino Association of New Jersey, there is a provision in paragraph H which states in part ‘the Governor has announced his intention to sign an Executive Order establishing a commission or similar body consisting of various stakeholders to study alternatives and formulate written recommendations for the long term stability and funding of the horse racing industry’….We are writing today to urge you to impanel this Blue Ribbon Commission as soon as possible.”

The text of the entire letter is also available for viewing in the article.

An article today by the Asbury Park Press says that the New Jersey Racing Commission will meet today at 1:00 p.m. in Trenton. Regulators have been asked to referee the horsemen's group's dispute with the operators of Freehold Raceway over stipulations included in a $90 million horse-racing bailout program, which is built on subsidies to be paid by the Atlantic City casinos.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

To read the Asbury Park Press article in its entirety, click here.

(With files from and Asbury Park Press)

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