TRENTON - Lawmakers advanced legislation Thursday to shorten New Jersey's horse-racing season, less than 24 hours after Gov. Christie vetoed plans for a full racing schedule at horse tracks.
The thoroughbred track at Monmouth Park in Oceanport had an abbreviated schedule over the summer. The standardbred season at the Meadowlands track is scheduled to begin in January.
A report to Christie on the future of gaming recommended that the state get out of the horse-racing business. A $30 million subsidy to fatten racing purses was recently allowed to lapse.
In all, the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee advanced a dozen bills to revise the state's struggling gaming and entertainment industries. The centerpiece legislation would establish a new tourism district in Atlantic City with tighter state control. - AP