Formula One has its eyes on a site in Jersey City, New Jersey as a possible home for a United States Grand Prix, but apparently, Jersey City isn't quite as enamored with the idea.
New Jersey media reports indicate that F1 and local officials have discussed the possibility of running a round of the 2012 F1 World Championships in Liberty State Park, just a mile from Manhattan on a to-be-constructed 3.6-mile track. Naturally, there's oppposition from a group named Friends of Liberty State Park, among others, and the opposition may be having an impact.
Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy initially issued a statement that seemed designed to calm and/or divert protests: "This was a response to an overture made by Formula One, and Jersey City is one of several cities they are pursuing. There have been a few, preliminary conversations and this is very much in the exploratory phase. However, this may not be something that is in the best interest of Jersey City or Liberty State Park."
New Jersey's bid to host the race notes its "spectacular views of NYC" as well as its transportation options and its experience hosting large-scale events such as a Red Bull Air Race, a PGA golf tournament and "fabulous musicians the likes of Cold Play [sic], Jay-Z and Radiohead." It also stipulates that "event title must prominently feature the name 'Jersey City': '2012 United States Grand Prix -- Jersey City,'" which sounds more like a bad MTV show than a marquee event.
And it may not come to be. In a second statement, Healy called on the city's tourism office to withdraw the bid for the race. However, Liberty State Park is state property, obviously, and the final decision on the race lies with the State Department of Environmental Protection.
So how would a Formula One race in New Jersey look? Something like this, only faster:
Yeah. The Sopranos, Jersey Shore, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen ... we have to have a Formula One race in Jersey. Make it happen, huh?