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Former State Sen. Jennifer Beck. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.)

Beck is possible candidate for state Racing Commission

Ex-GOP senator has backing of Gopal, Democrat who defeated her four years ago

By David Wildstein, September 17 2021 5:34 pm

Former State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank) is eyeing a seat on the New Jersey State Racing Commission, the prestigious panel regulates the state’s horseracing industry, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

The former three-term Republican senator from Monmouth County has the backing of the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey.

She also has the support of Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch), a Democrat who unseated Beck in 2017.  The New Jersey Globe has also learned that Gopal has contacted Gov. Phil Murphy’s office in support of Beck.

Beck is going through the nomination process and has completed her standard questionnaire, but the Governor’s office has not yet settled on their picks.  Nominations can’t be made until the Senate goes back into session after the November general election.

As senator, Beck actively backed a 2016 referendum to expand horse racing in New Jersey.

The 54-year-old Beck has stayed largely out of politics since her defeat four years ago that ended a 12-year career in the legislature.

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