NJ voters to decide next month on sports betting in Atlantic City

Next month, New Jersey voters will decide if betting on professional sports teams should be legal in Atlantic City.A new poll conducted by Farleigh Dickinson

RIVER VALE - Next month, New Jersey voters will decide if betting on professional sports teams should be legal in Atlantic City.

A new poll conducted by Farleigh Dickinson University shows that most New Jerseyans are in favor of it. The FDU Public Mind poll found that of the 800 people surveyed, 52 percent back the measure and 31 percent are opposed.

The survey also asked a second question: "Should the current owner of the American Dream Meadowlands, formally known as Xanadu, receive tax breaks to help it complete the project?"

For this question, FDU poll found that most people are against using public money to help private developers, by a 58 percent-31 percent margin.

If the sports betting referendum passes, a federal ban would have to be overturned before any bets could be taken at Atlantic City casinos or racetracks.

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