Court won’t hear appeal of racing subsidy veto

TRENTON – The state Supreme Court reported today it will not consider the attempt by thoroughbred breeders to overturn a veto by Gov. Chris Christie in which he rejected an attempt to approve $15 million in subsidies to augment horse racing purses.

Christie at the time said it was in opposition to his determination that the industry should be self-sustaining.

“The actions of the Commissioners of the NJRC appear to constitute an abdication of their responsibilities as Commissioners to protect the best interests of the State of New Jersey and its citizens,” Christie wrote in his veto letter in June of 2011. “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.”

Then in December of last year an appeals court sided with Christie on the matter.

The court also turned aside an earlier attempt to challenge the decision in January of this year.

Court won’t hear appeal of racing subsidy veto