Welcome to the club, New Jersey.
A little over a week after Delaware legalized sports gambling, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a law Monday legalizing sports betting, according to NewJersey.com. Sports betting will be legal in The Garden State beginning Thursday.
This decision comes a month after the United States Supreme Court overruled a 1992 federal ban on sports gambling, turning the decision over to the states. New Jersey had spent seven years and $9 million fighting the illegalization of sports gambling and finally came out victorious with the Supreme Court’s decision.
“Today, we’re finally making the dream of legalized sports betting a reality for New Jersey,” Murphy said in a statement, via NJ.com.
The law will allow patrons to gamble online as well as at casinos, racetracks and former racetracks, per NJ.com. While in-person betting begins Thursday, online betting will not be allowed for another 30 days.
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