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Is Sports Betting More Desired in New Jersey than Internet Gambling?

23 February 2011 by admin

Recently Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind conducted a poll pertaining to New Jersey, sports betting and online gambling. As everyone is well aware of by this point, New Jersey stands to be the first state in the United States to legalize and regulate intrastate online gambling. The bill was proposed by Senator Raymond Lesniak, and has since been pass in the New Jersey House Assembly and State Senate. Currently the bill is sitting on Governor Chris Christie’s desk while the man waits until March 6th, the last possible deadline, to decide between his own political aspirations and revitalizing Atlantic City like he said he would in his race to become governor.

Now you would think that the lawmaker push to legalize and regulate online gambling in New Jersey would reflect what the residents of the state want. But according to the Fairleigh Dickinson University poll, 67% are opposed to online gambling within their state while only 26% support the idea. New Jersey residents are, however, in favor of sports betting within their state, to the tune of 62% for and 32% against. And by sport betting I mean wagering on the outcomes of sports such as football, basketball and baseball.

But there is one small hitch to New Jersey even thinking about allowing sports betting to be legalized within their state: there is a federal law that states that there is to be no more expansion on states allowing sports betting beyond the four states in the US that do currently allow the activity: Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. Although it is worth noting that the limits on sports betting in Delaware, Montana and Oregon are much more limited when compared to betting parameters in Nevada. So apparently sports betting for New Jersey residents is out, unless they happen to be in one of those four states.

But what I find interesting is that here is a state that desperately needs the revenue from the revitalization of Atlantic City, which Christie has passed some bills for, but who also needs a means to generate jobs for New Jersey residents. Legalizing and regulating online gambling with dibs on online gambling operations going to the Atlantic City casinos would give the state both. And knowing this, it makes me wonder why New Jersey residents would be opposed to online gambling. After all, the state is home to the second largest casino market in the United States, so they cannot possibly be that against gambling to be so opposed to online gambling. It just makes me wonder.

One Response to “Is Sports Betting More Desired in New Jersey than Internet Gambling?”

  1. pokerpete says:

    Good to see a slightly more progressive state leadership working towards what everyone knows will be a genuine money spinner. Might be the residents new red mindset that is getting in the way here