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NJ Sports Wagering One Step Closer

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Published: January 18, 2012 11:09 am ET

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On Tuesday, January 17, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation which will pave the way for legalized sports wagering in New Jersey. In order to make expanded gaming a reality in NJ, the state will have to challenge the federal ban which only allows sports gambling in Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana.

“Our attorney general now has the tools to go to federal court to overturn the federal ban on sports betting, so next year, this time, Atlantic City will be hopping with fans betting on the Giants or Eagles in next year’s Super Bowl, or if miracles can happen, even the Jets,” a report on pressofatlanticcity.com has quoted NJ Senator Ray Lesniak as saying.

“New Jersey voters made it clear they want sports betting, and this law will handle it in a responsible and professional manner,” the article has quoted state Assemblyman Ralph Caputo as saying. “It does the right thing for New Jersey and will ensure our racetracks and casinos remain competitive.”

The report also explains that on Tuesday, Governor Christie also signed the bill which will see a pilot program implemented where handicappers will be able to place bets on horse races via electronic terminals in bars or restaurants in the northern and central parts of the state.

(With files from pressofatlanticcity.com)

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