New Jersey casinos, racetracks wait for Governor Murphy's OK
June 08, 2018 9:41 AM
by Robert Mann
New Jersey's casinos and racetracks remain in a holding pattern in their effort to begin offering sports betting to residents after the state Legislature on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to legalize it.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is currently reviewing the new law, but has yet to indicate when and if he might sign it.
"He said he wants to act quickly, but the legislation will be subject to the same thorough review that all legislation sent to him for signature is subject to," said his spokesman, Dan Bryan.
The new law passed after a carve out was negotiated for the NBA Houston Rocket’s and Golden Nugget Atlantic City owner Tilman Fertitta to allow his casino to take wagers on all sports except the NBA contests. In Las Vegas and Laughlin, the two Nevada-located Fertitta properties book all NBA action that doesn’t involve the Rockets.
Delaware became the first state outside of Nevada to take single team sports bets earlier this week. In May, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law banning those kinds of wagers nationwide except Nevada.