Jersey City shoots down F1 race plans

Barely 24 hours after plans for a Grand Prix in Jersey City were revealed, its Mayor has decided not to go ahead with the idea. Following a protest relating to environmental issues, it now seems as though a Formula 1 race with a New York City backdrop is out of the question.

Tuesday saw Jersey City submit an official plan for Grand Prix ideas, with word being that a possible night time street race could be held by as early as 2012, although – following the protest – Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy has voted against the F1 event.

"After a review of the draft proposal prepared by the city's Tourism Office, I have come to the same conclusion that this type of event is not suited for Liberty State Park," he said via a statement.

"While we work to attract national and international events to our city, we must ensure that they are appropriate and will have the least impact upon the quality of life of our residents and our community."

While the news may be seen as a disappointment by race fans, the President of Friends of Liberty State Park is pleased that the surroundings have been taken into consideration.

"Mayor Healy did reach out to me yesterday and we had a very constructive conversation," Sam Pesin commented. "Instead of a negative wasteful controversy, we can all focus on working together on positive efforts to benefit Jersey City and Liberty State Park."

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