Jersey City GP plan is already dead

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That didn’t take long, did it?

The Jersey Journal, which first reported the news that Liberty State Park might play host to a US Grand Prix in 2012, today is reporting that the plan is dead.

“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,” [Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T.] Healy said in a statement.

Healy’s announcement came the day after The Jersey Journal broke news that Destination Jersey City, a nonprofit operated by the city’s Economic Development, sent a draft proposal to Formula One that called for a five-year commitment with the first Grand Prix to be held at the park in 2012.

It sounds like the opposition did prove to be too big a hurdle.

Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park, a group that works to protect the park, called Healy’s announcement a “great relief.”

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

So… Indy, are we back to looking at you?


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