Shore track wants in on casino expansion, aid for racing

A horse racing track at the Jersey shore wants to make sure it’s in the mix for a casino if voters ever approve the expansion of casino gambling beyond Atlantic City.

Oceanport, the Monmouth County borough that hosts the Monmouth Park track, passed a resolution Thursday night supporting casinos in other parts of the state.

It also wants any such expansion to include a dedicated revenue stream for its track and the horse racing industry in general in New Jersey.

Expanding casinos beyond Atlantic City would require an amendment to the state Constitution.

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But with Atlantic City’s casino industry shrinking — four of its 12 casinos closed last year — support has been growing in northern New Jersey for a casino in East Rutherford or Jersey City.

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