Dems consider future of NJ casinos, tracks

August 6, 2010 12:00:39 PM PDT
About 300 people are attending a Democratic hearing in Atlantic City Friday on the future of New Jersey's casino and horse racing industries.

Industry leaders and policy experts are discussing recommendations Gov. Chris Christie unveiled last month.

Mark Juliano, CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts and president of the casino trade association, says he supports Christie's plan to exercise more control over Atlantic City's casino district.

The governor also proposed eliminating a $30 million horse racing subsidy.

Sen. Paul Sarlo, a North Jersey Democrat who heads the Senate budget panel, says the horse racing industry shouldn't be sacrificed for the casinos' benefit.

Many of the recommendations require legislative approval.