State lawmakers consider horse racing's future

(AP) - Supporters say New Jersey'sstruggling horse racing industry would benefit from more off-trackbetting parlors and Internet wagering.They're appearing at a legislative hearing at the

EAST RUTHERFORD - (AP) - Supporters say New Jersey'sstruggling horse racing industry would benefit from more off-trackbetting parlors and Internet wagering.

They're appearing at a legislative hearing at the MeadowlandsFriday.

Democrats called the session after Gov. Chris Christierecommended ending a $30 million annual subsidy to racing. It's oneof many recommendations to energize New Jersey's racing and casinoindustries, which have struggled amid the recession and increasedgaming competition from neighboring states.

State Sports and Exposition Authority CEO Dennis Robinson saysfour sites were identified for off-track betting, but only one wasapproved by local officials. Robinson says off-track wagering inWoodbridge generates $90 million a year.

Sen. Ray Lesniak urged the sports authority to also considerexpanding online wagering.

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