Although an avid reader of Blue Jersey, this is my first blog submission to the site.
I’m really concerned about the Grand Prix of America (Formula 1) race coming to New Jersey for many reasons. I live in Hudson County. I work in Hudson County. I care about the county’s reputation, my community, and not to be too self-interested, I care about the time it takes during my commute as well. The Grand Prix of America is going to impact all of these significantly, in my opinion.
I don’t trust the organizers of this race. They say they have the funding, but then they say they need $100 million. Then they say they have all the needed permits to move forward with the race, but then I didn’t hear a single word about any permit applications being approved or even being heard in my town or on the county level. While I don’t have the resources or time to really research what permits are needed and what permits have been received, I hope either our elected officials or bloggers/reporters would be willing to dig deep into this issue and take a magnifying glass to the whole race: the funding, the permitting, and the organizers themselves (did I mention that I read the organizer of the race is being indicted in Europe for bribery)? Do we want to invite this sort of thing into our community? Before welcoming them with open arms, at least let’s find out what we are dealing with.