Legal sports betting began this week in Delaware, where in-person, casino-based gambling is now available.
Yesterday, the NJ senate approved a regulation to allow casino and online sports gambling. The bill is just waiting to be signed into law my Governor Phil Murphy, who today said he won’t sit on it for too long. From NJ.com:
“I want sports betting,” Murphy said during a news conference in New Brunswick. “Believe me a I want to place the first bet in New Jersey if I can. But we want to make sure we do it right. We just got the bill. We’re going through it, and we’re not gonna sit on it.
Asked if he will take the entire 45 days he has to take action on the bill, Murphy said: “I sure as heck would hope not.”
The remarks come a day after both houses of the state Legislature voted overwhelmingly to pass the bill, which would regulate and tax such wagering online and in person at the Garden State’s casinos and racetracks.
It’s unclear why he appears to be stalling, but sports betting is coming to New Jersey very, very soon, likely within just days.
With Pennsylvania perhaps next up to legalize sports betting, Philly is at the MF-ing epicenter of this movement. We’re putting together a series of pages showing where, when and how you can bet in each of the three states. Thanks to our friend Mike Lyon, a local attorney, who has helped us put together both the legal sports betting overview and the New Jersey sports betting page. We also have one for Delaware, and a how-to bet on sports guide for beginners.
You can check out each of those pages here: