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Beck Tours Monmouth Horse Farms to Rally Support For Gaming Expansion Referendum

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Urges passage of Ballot Question #1 to return gaming revenues to our State & support the equine industry

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Anthony Perretti, Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey, toured two Monmouth County horse farms with members of the media to raise awareness of the dire situation in the New Jersey equine industry and urge passage of this year’s gaming expansion ballot question. Beck and Perretti toured Hunter’s Run Farm in Wall Township, a thoroughbred farm and Boxwood Farm in Manalapan, a standardbred farm.

Sen. Jennifer Beck toured Monmouth County horse farms on October 12, 2016 to rally support for the gaming expansion ballot question that would support the state’s equine industry. Pictured at Boxwood Farm in Manalapan. (SenateNJ.com)

“There is only one bite of the apple to help secure a future for New Jersey’s equine industry: this year’s gaming referendum. Passage of this referendum is imperative for residents of Monmouth County. The negative TV ads that residents are seeing are being funded by Pennsylvania and New York casino interests to ensure that they can keep stealing New Jersey gaming revenues. The citizens of this State must know that passage of this referendum will result in $1 billion in new gaming revenue for the State and the creation of 43,000 jobs.” said Beck.

“Just as important, the gaming referendum will provide much-needed funds to support our equine industry here in Monmouth County. We heard today from John Forbes, president of the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Anthony Perretti, Director of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners of New Jersey about the threat of development to these equine farms. With over 17% of open space in Monmouth County directly linked to the equine industry, the loss of this open space will be a huge blow to our quality of life here. I urge all my residents to vote YES on this crucial ballot question” Beck added.

“Ballot question #1 must pass this November. New Jersey has already lost over 700 acres of equine-related open space to development. Added revenues from gaming expansion doesn’t just help horse-racing at the tracks, it helps to preserve New Jersey’s open spaces and the quality of life that New Jersey residents enjoy. The equine industry is at a critical juncture right now and we must ensure its viability in the future by passing the gaming expansion ballot referendum” concluded Anthony Perretti.

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