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FORD: CASINOS IN NORTH JERSEY? YES

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-- YES, The Record

MANALAPAN, NJ -- October 24, 2016 -- BALLOT QUESTION NO. 1

SHOULD CASINOS

BE ALLOWed in

North Jersey?

Mark Ford is president of Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey.

THE PEOPLE who raise questions about the mechanism to build New Jersey casinos outside of the confines of Atlantic City fail to answer the most important question: Why do we need these casinos? For the horse owners of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey, SBOANJ, the answer is quite simple: Revenue raised from new casinos will preserve thousands of New Jersey jobs for the men and women who service the state’s equine industry.

Although New Jersey horse breeding and horse racing have been in decline, our equine community has been able to maintain its existence over the past decade from subsidies provided from the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. These subsidies — which were provided to the horsemen for their agreement not to pursue video lottery terminals at New Jersey’s racing tracks while casinos in Pennsylvania and New York heavily subsidized their horse industry — helped save nearly 13,000 jobs for the horse breeders, owners, veterinarians, tack and feed suppliers, handlers, groomers, racetrack operators, security guards, travel companies and all others that directly and indirectly support our horse breeding and racing community.

According to a 2014 Rutgers University study, these equine-related jobs account for more than $780 million in economic impact and $110 million in annual tax revenue. Additionally, about 25 percent of all current New Jersey farmland is home to some of the most historic and valuable horse farms throughout the United States. These farmers are under constant pressure by real estate developers to sell their land for housing and commercial uses.

Earmarked

Unfortunately, the CRDA subsidies in 2010 ceased being dedicated to the established equine businesses and were earmarked to bolster Atlantic City as a tourist destination. Despite numerous attempts and millions of dollars to revive Atlantic City casinos, the industry continues to decline as more people – especially those living in and around New York City and Northern New Jersey — choose to spend their leisure time and money at nearby casinos in Pennsylvania and New York. A North Jersey casino, however, can and will thrive in a district such as the Meadowlands, which already is a premiere sports and entertainment destination. Besides the thousands of construction and permanent jobs a Meadowlands casino would bring to our state, the hundreds of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue generated by a casino in the heart of the New York metropolitan area would more than offset the losses of Atlantic City’s casinos. A portion of this net revenue gain could go back to protect our state’s horse industry.

Outside interests

Since New York and Pennsylvania casino operators are spending more than $10 million in advertising throughout New Jersey to keep voters from approving casinos outside of Atlantic City, it stands to reason that these out-of-state and overseas casino interests know that a world class casino and entertainment venue in the Meadowlands would siphon away much of their profits.

The men and women of the SBOANJ are investing their limited resources to ask New Jersey voters to support Public Question 1 on Election Day. By Voting Yes on Question 1 New Jersey residents can show that they care about protecting our horse farms and open spaces, preserving existing jobs, reclaiming billions of dollars in casino gaming revenue that New York and Pennsylvania currently are collecting from New Jersey casino patrons, and providing millions of people the opportunity to enjoy themselves in a best-in-class entertainment facility right next door to New York City.

I’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating: Contrary to a bad bet, Voting Yes on Question 1 is a good investment.
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SONS OF CHAPTER SEVEN CAPTURE DEXTER CUP ELIMINATIONS

Signaling Grand Circuit action is truly imminent, a pair of $24,000 Dexter Cup eliminations were contested on Saturday (April 29) afternoon at Freehold Raceway and two sons of Chapter Seven, Another Chapter and Lord Cromwell, served notice they are prepared for their sophomore seasons as each triumphed in his respective contest ...

LONGSHOTS RULE TO TRIGGER $61,958 LATE PICK FOUR CARRYOVER

Longshots stole the show during the Late Pick Four on Friday at the Meadowlands, triggering a massive $61,958 carryover into Saturday's program. Friday's Late Pick Four attracted a total pool of $97,193, the second largest pool of the year ...

TOP PACERS AT THE MEADOWLANDS ON SATURDAY

Several more stakes stars of last season will make their return to the races on Saturday night at The Meadowlands ...


MEADOWLANDS TO ADD DAVE BROWER AND GABE PREWITT TO BROADCAST TEAM

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EI EI O READY FOR DEXTER CUP ELIMINATION

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BIG WEEKEND AT THE BIG M

The Meadowlands has an intriguing and eventful weekend on the horizon, hosting eleven races on both Friday and Saturday evenings with stakes types beginning to populate the card and the $50,000 World Harness Handicapping Challenge final on Saturday ...


ELITE GROUP OF PACING MARES SET TO BATTLE

Mention this year’s group of older female pacers to Mark Harder and the longtime trainer can only shake his head in amazement ...

MEADOWLANDS TO RENAME US PACING CHAMPIONSHIP IN HONOR OF SAM MCKEE

The US Pacing Championship, long one of the signature events on Hambletonian Day, will be renamed The Sam McKee Memorial beginning this August in honor of the track’s Hall of Fame announcer and broadcaster who passed away March 8 at the age of 54 ...

ANDY MILLER SWEEPS FEATURES DURING FOUR-WIN NIGHT

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