New Jersey’s efforts to authorise sports betting has received widespread support from both the casino and horse racing industries as the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee heard testimony at a public hearing yesterday, with a state-wide referendum to be held in six weeks time which would provide the state with the authority to establish a sportsbook at casinos and racetracks.

Last December, New Jersey lawmakers voted in favour of asking state residents to vote on a constitutional amendment to authorise sports betting, despite it being prohibited by the federal government under Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibits the expansion of state-regulated sports betting beyond the states of Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

New Jersey’s voters will go to the polls on November 8th to determine the question of state-regulated sports betting.

At a public hearing yesterday at the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, Chairman Jim Whelan emphasised the importance of authorising sports wagering for the New Jersey’s gaming industry.

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