SBD/January 5, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Carl Goldberg Resigns As Chair Of NJSEA After Seven Years

NJSEA Chair CARL GOLDBERG yesterday "submitted his resignation" from the state organization, according to John Brennan of the Bergen RECORD. Goldberg, who also resigned from the NJSEA's board, had "spent the past year as a holdover board member as efforts continued to revive the long-stalled Meadowlands Xanadu project." Five of the 16 board members, including Goldberg, "have been serving under expired terms." NJSEA Vice Chair JOSEPH BUCKELEW, Goldberg’s predecessor, "will resume his former role at least temporarily." Brennan notes NJSEA President & CEO DENNIS ROBINSON's contract "expired a month ago, though he remains in the post for now" (Bergen RECORD, 1/5). In Newark, Ted Sherman in a front-page piece reports Goldberg resigned amid "mounting pressure" from New Jersey Gov. CHRIS CHRISTIE's administration. Sources indicated that Goldberg "was forced to leave." He had "privately expressed hopes for months that he might be able to stay on, if only as a commissioner." But Christie, "frustrated over the Senate’s inaction on his pending nominees, had made it no secret that he was looking to make major changes at the authority." Sherman notes as Chair of NJSEA, Goldberg "gained a reputation as a soft-spoken facilitator, during a time of mounting decline for an agency that once played host to five professional sports teams, operated two major race tracks and attracted a long roster of top names in music and entertainment to its venues." But in recent years, the authority has been "losing tens of millions of dollars and found itself presiding over a crumbling empire" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 1/5).
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