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Leonard Lance Speaks Out Against Off-Track Betting in Somerset County

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Location: Green Brook, NJ


LEONARD LANCE SPEAKS OUT AGAINST OFF-TRACK BETTING IN SOMERSET COUNTY

Lance, Local Elected Officials, Concerned Citizens Rap Stender For Her Strong Support of OTB

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with local elected officials and concerned citizens, Seventh Congressional District candidate Leonard Lance spoke out against bringing off-track betting (OTB) to Somerset County and called on his opponent Linda Stender to do the same.

"An off-track betting facility anywhere in Somerset County would mean thousands of out-of-town gamblers, more traffic, more parking problems and more strain on our municipal services," Lance said. "We do not need Linda Stender to support horse betting parlors; we need Linda Stender to support lower taxes, less wasteful spending and Somerset County's quality of life."

As the Vice-chair of Trenton's Gaming Committee, Linda Stender wrote a bill (A-979) that would expand horse-betting parlors into Somerset County.

What's more, Stender said in 2006, "New Jersey's off-track wagering industry has yet to break out of the gate. Right now, the process is one of inertia instead of progress and accomplishment. Five years have passed and we're still far away from the finish line on getting off-track wagering in this state." (Press Release, May 8, 2006). And just this past March Stender again asked "why we're not getting these facilities up and running faster ... this does offer a great benefit to the community." (Casino and Gaming Committee meeting, March 3, 2008)

Earlier this year the Green Brook Township Committee decided unanimously not to pursue a proposal from the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to use the Saturn of Green Brook site for an off-track betting facility.

"I applaud the citizens of Green Brook and their elected officials for standing together in opposition to horse-betting parlors in Somerset County," Lance said. "Today I call on Linda Stender to stand with us and denounce her past support for OTB facilities in Somerset County.


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