Residents of New Jersey passed a referendum that would legalize sportsbetting in the Garden State, with 66% of voters saying yes and 34% voting no.
State Governor Chris Christie is set to legalize sportsbetting once the Federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) has been overturned. The PASPA, which was passed 19 years ago banned sports betting in every state except for Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.
As he cast his ballot, Christie remarked: "With this referendum, we have an opportunity that gives the state more solid footing to challenge the federal ban on sports wagering outside of a few select places."
Meanwhile, State Senator Ray Lesniak has announced that he plans on pushing legislation that would allow the state's Casino Control Commission to take up a sports betting licensing program in the counties of Freehold, Mays Landing, Meadowlands, and Monmouth.
Lesniak said: "I expect to get it to Governor Christie for his signature before the end of the year. By the start of next year's NFL season, when the Eagles play the Giants, you'd better reserve your room soon in Atlantic City , because it will be packed, just like Las Vegas is now."