Poll finds support for legalized sports betting in New Jersey

    A poll from Farleigh Dickinson University finds New Jersey residents want to be able to legally bet on professional sports games.

    The PublicMind poll also finds residents opposed to using public money to help fund Xanadu, the stalled Meadowlands retail and entertainment complex, according to the Associated Press.

    New Jesrseyans can vote on a referendum in November on whether to amend the state Constitution to allow legalized sports betting, but a federal ban on it would have to be overturned before any bets could be taken at casinos or racetracks.

    The poll shows 52 percent favor the measure and 31 percent oppose it.

    Residents who were polled also opposed – by a 58 to 31 percent margin – using tax money to help out the Meadowlands project.

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