Senator Declan O’Scanlon called Governor Phil Murphy’s delay of sports betting in New Jersey, “The Murphy Delay,” a policy blunder of historic proportions in a blistering post on facebook this morning:
The Murphy Delay jeopardizes our securing Justify to run at the Haskell. It certainly increases our challenge and our cost to bring him here. What a disaster!
Governor Murphy’s delaying permitting sports betting to commence at Monmouth Park turns to disaster. Justify’s incredible victory in the Belmont – and resulting triple crown – makes him exponentially more expensive to secure for future races. Monmouth Park has been lined up to get this horse to the Haskell – and solidify the Haskell as the next step in this historic series of races – for weeks. It’s a delicate negotiation. Had we had sports betting, and the benefit of the increased purse and credibility that goes along with it, BEFORE yesterdays victory, we could have made it happen and done so at a fraction of the cost that it will now take to make it happen, if it can happen at all.
I am heartbroken, both for the loss to Monmouth Park and to New Jersey…and because of what this says about the shortsightedness of the administration. This didn’t need to happen. It was totally avoidable. And these are the people that will lead our state for the next 3 and a half years?!? This scares me for our state. And it makes me sad for all involved.