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Mayor against grand prix in Jersey City

ESPNF1 Staff
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Plans to host a grand prix in Liberty State Park appear to have fallen through © Getty Images

Hopes that Jersey City could host the US Grand Prix in the near future were dealt a blow on Wednesday.

Barely 24 hours after it emerged officials were in preliminary talks to hold a night race beginning in 2012 inside Liberty State Park, mayor Jerramiah Healy backed a public opposition group in warning the city's Tourism Office to scrap the plans. It had been hoped that the race would run on a 3.6 mile circuit with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

"I have come to the same conclusion ... that this type of event is not suited for Liberty State Park," mayor 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."

Moreover, state officials who operate the public park are not confirming if the venue will be approved for F1.

"Each (park) event is considered based on benefit to users and its impact on the natural and historic resources on the site," a spokesman said.

Sam Pesin, president of Friends of Liberty State Park who initially objected to the proposals, said: "Mayor Healy did reach out to me yesterday and we had a very constructive conversation. Instead of a negative wasteful controversy, we can all focus on working together on positive efforts to benefit Jersey City and Liberty State Park."