As an advocate of expanded casino gambling, New Jersey’s governor-elect Democrat Phil Murphy says he will work towards broadening casino locales in the state. Earlier this week, the former brokerage executive and US Ambassador to Germany handily defeated his Republican challenger, Governor Chris Christie’s (R) aide, Lieutenant Gov. Kim Guadagno.
Murphy’s has said he supports gambling expansion that could bring casinos to northern parts of New Jersey. Murphy expressed his views last month in a gubernatorial debate, “We’re desperate for jobs. If it’s not in North Jersey, before we know it, it (casinos) will be on the west side of Manhattan,”
Murphy has yet to officially voice his view on New Jersey’s appeal of the federal sports betting ban, for which oral arguments are set to be heard by the US Supreme Court next month.However, some industry observers believe Murphy’s position on jobs and the economy would seem to support allowing horse racetracks and Atlantic City casinos to operate sports books.