Guv vetoes racing schedule

Governor Chris Christie this afternoon vetoed the New Jersey Racing Commission’s establishment of a full standardbred and thoroughbred racing schedule for Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands.

Christie maintained that his veto is “not critical of the Commission or the NJSEA for doing what is currently statutorily required, as the administration is considering scaled-down race meets among possible solutions for making the horse racing industry self-sustaining.”

The governor said his veto was necessary pending a legislative resolution on horse racing recommendations and solutions. 

“While the recommendation is being reviewed, it would be inappropriate to approve the NJSEA’s request to race 141 Thoroughbred races dates at Monmouth Park and 141 Standardbred races dates at the Meadowlands Racetrack particularly in light of the taxpayer subsidies required to sustain such a lengthy race calendar,” Christie said in his veto letter, dated today.   

“An appropriate solution for the state-owned racetracks, which does not unduly burden the taxpayers of this State, must be reached before a schedule for the 2011 racing season can be approved,” the governor added. Guv vetoes racing schedule