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Beck Reiterates Support for Gaming Expansion as Monmouth Park Opening Day Nears

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With Opening Day of Monmouth Park’s 2016 racing season upcoming this weekend, Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) reiterated her support for an expansion of gaming that would support New Jersey’s struggling horse racing industry.

With the upcoming Opening Day of Monmouth Park’s 2016 racing season, Sen. Jennifer Beck reiterated her support for an expansion of gaming that would support New Jersey’s struggling horse racing industry. (Five Furlongs/Flickr)

“When we visit Monmouth Park or Freehold Raceway on a race day, or drive through the horse farms of Monmouth County, we realize how much is at risk of being lost,” said Beck. “The Legislature has moved forward to help this important industry, and now voters will have the opportunity to express their support this November.”

A proposed constitutional amendment, SCR-1, will appear before voters this November to allow for the operation of two new casinos in separate counties outside of Atlantic City.

Revenue generated from the new casinos would be dedicated to senior citizens, the disabled, and to support the economic recovery of Atlantic City. At least two percent of new revenues would be dedicated to support the equine industry and the economic benefit it brings to the state.

“The expansion of gaming to North Jersey will provide funding to stabilize our struggling horse farms and racing venues, and preserve valuable open spaces from development,” said Beck. “The proposed constitutional amendment would also lead to economic growth in North Jersey and help support the economic recovery of Atlantic City, making this a positive proposal for all of New Jersey.”

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