Legal Sports Gambling Coming To NJ? - My9 New Jersey

Legal Sports Gambling Coming To NJ?

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It looks like the New Jersey government is finally catching up to what has been going on privately for decades, sports gambling. In fact, over $400 billion is gambled off every year by offshore sites and illegal bookies.

If things go as planned, New Jerseyan’s will be able to bet on college and pro-sports as soon as the upcoming NFL season starts on September 8, 2014, when the New York Giants square-off against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

Senator Ray Lesniak wants the Garden State to keep some of that sports-betting money and he’s trying to fast-track legislation that will allow casinos and racetracks to accept sports bets on college and pro-sports.

“We’re talking about billions of dollars of revenue that is going out the window into the pockets of organized crime, off-shore betting operations or legally in Las Vegas and Nevada that should be here to create jobs and boost our economy,” Lesniak explained.

One of the places that sports gamblers can possibly soon rejoice is at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey where Track Operator Dennis Drazin discussed the impact this legislation would have on the Garden State.

“Now there’s a huge community, tens-of-thousands of people that rely upon the horse industry,” he said.

He also said that if this passes, Monmouth Park will be ready to go by the end of this summer prior to the start of the NFL season.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to decide whether or not to hear the pending appeal on sports betting on June 23, 2014, but Senator Lesniak said that even if they don’t he doesn’t think that the feds will intervene on state issues so he’s ready to call their bluff.

“If they deny our appeal, we’re going to go ahead and September 8th is the first Monday Night Football game the Giants are playing the Detroit Lions and I intend to place the first bet on the Giants to cover the spread,” he said.

 

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