Legalized sports betting to appear on Election Day ballots

New Jersey is home to a number of professional sports teams, but it is illegal to bet on any of the action in the state

TRENTON - New Jersey is home to a number of professional sports teams, but it is illegal to bet on any of the action in the state of New Jersey. That could begin to change next month.

From basketball pools to online gaming, people in New Jersey try to find a way to place bets on athletic performance. Las Vegas is among a handful of places across the country that is allowed to operate sports books, which is considered to be a monopoly on billions of dollars.

Experts say legalized betting would be a boon to Atlantic City's casinos. A question on the Election Day ballots will ask voters if they'd like the Legislature to move forward with legalized sports gambling, if the feds say it is OK.

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