New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday announced that an advisory commission will draft proposals to strengthen the state’s gaming industries and entertainment venues, as well as suggest ways to improve New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority operations.

The announcement follows a Christie transition team report on gaming, sports, and entertainment in the state. The authority, which has a $38 million 2010 budget deficit, oversees Giants Stadium — home of the New York Giants and Jets — the Izod Center, which is where the New Jersey Nets currently play, two racetracks, and the Atlantic City Convention Center. The NJSEA also is overseeing the construction of Meadowlands Xanadu, a major retail, dining, and entertainment facility that has faced delays.

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