NJ to decide if it wants legal sports betting

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FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Wanna bet? Then cast your ballot on a question that asks New Jersey voters if they want to legalize gambling on professional sports games.

The referendum is the only one on the ballot this fall in the state. It asks whether sports betting should be allowed at Atlantic City casinos, the state’s four horse racing tracks, and a former track location in Cherry Hill, outside Philadelphia.

Polls indicate the question will be approved. Even if it is, no bets can be taken unless a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states is overturned.

The idea is to bring customers into the struggling casinos and tracks, who would bet on sports, then play slots or table games, or bet on horses, in addition to eating and drinking.