Jersey City has given up on its plans to host a Formula 1 race in the future, with its mayor putting the kibosh on the project just one day after it was made public.
"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," Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said in 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."
The city had prepared a draft for a five-year deal to host a Formula 1 race, with a 3.6-mile race track across the streets of Jersey City. Today's news of its cancellation was welcomed by a group opposing the event.
"Mayor Healy did reach out to me yesterday and we had a very constructive conversation," said Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park. "Instead of a negative wasteful controversy, we can all focus on working together on positive efforts to benefit Jersey City and Liberty State Park."