Jersey City cans F1 grand prix plan

Jersey City has given up on its plans to host a Formula 1 race in the future, with its mayor canning the project just one day after it was made public

Jersey City cans F1 grand prix plan

"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 was quoted as saying in a statement by local media.

"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.

The news was welcome by a group opposing the event.

"Mayor Healy did reach out to me yesterday and we had a very constructive conversation," Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park, 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."

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