Horsemen’s Association bid to challenge Christie veto rejected by court

TRENTON – The state Supreme Court has denied a request by the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to appeal a ruling regarding meeting minutes that the governor vetoed last year.

The court turned aside a request by the association to appeal a ruling late last year that upheld Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the June 2012 minutes of a meeting of the N.J. Racing Commission.

The Commission last summer sought to approve $15 million in subsidies to improve horse racing purses.

Christie, however, had vetoed the meeting minutes, essentially putting a stop to the Commission’s plans.

In his veto message, Christie said the Commission was not looking out for the best interests of the state’s residents.

“The NJRC’s decision to allocate $15 million in state subsidies for the support of New Jersey horse racing industry contradicts and jeopardizes my stated goal of creating a self-sustaining course for the horse racing industry, which culminated in the recent agreements with private individuals to shift track operations at both the Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park from the State to the private sector,” Christie wrote at the time.

His action was challenged by the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey.

Horsemen’s Association bid to challenge Christie veto rejected by court