Bill would let N.J. avoid U.S. ban on sports betting

    N.J. Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. says he’ll introduce a bill that would let his state offer legal sports betting.

    The Democrat’s bill would grant New Jersey an exemption to a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states.

    New Jersey has passed and enacted a law legalizing sports betting, but the federal ban still must be overcome before Atlantic City casinos and the state’s four horse tracks can start taking bets on professional and college sporting events.

    Voters in a non-binding referendum last November indicated by a 2-to-1 margin they wanted legal sports betting in New Jersey.

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