By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Simulcasting of horse races in Atlantic City should continue for now, Save Jerseyans, after Governor Chris Christie signed S-2626/A-3972 on Monday.
At the moment, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is the only horse racing simulcast facility left in Atlantic City. This new law will permit A.C. casinos to freely negotiate signal fees contracts with out-of-state racetracks; prior to enactment, New Jersey law limited the fee payable for a transmission signal, an arrangement which threatened Borgata’s access to the signal for races at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.
“We only have one casino left where you can bet on and watch the horses,” said Asm. Ronald Dancer (R – Ocean, Burlington, Middlesex and Monmouth), a sponsor of the bill. “This is a matter of survival. For simulcasting to continue in Atlantic City, it needs to be able to show the top stakes races and the best horses. This new law is about keeping pace with the market.”
It’s a little bit of good news for A.C. on the same day that it lost its emergency manager consultant, Kevyn Orr.