Question 1 on Tuesday’s election ballot asks whether two casinos should be allowed in North Jersey, at least 72 miles from Atlantic City. One possible location is the Meadowlands racetrack, which is lagging in competition with tracks in neighboring states that have “racinos” boosting purses and hence, attracting more horses.
Although revenue from the measure would go to a variety of beneficiaries,it is specified that “not less than two percentage points in each State fiscal year would be dedicated for programs designed to aid the thoroughbred and standardbred horsemen in this State.”
Racing is a major player for supporting businesses such as blacksmiths, tack shops, farmers growing hay, feed stores selling us grain, etc. All of the above are needed by the non-racing horses also. What would you do if your veterinarians left the state because their practices lost a high percentage of the horses they served when the animals moved elsewhere?
New Jersey’s horse industry is in trouble. If Question 1 passes, it will give an incentive for racing interests to stay in the state and boost the industry as a whole, including sport horses. Vote “yes” for your own self-interest.