NJ voters to weigh in on legalized sports betting

New Jersey voters will be able to decide next year whether they want to legally bet on sports games.Votes yesterday in the state Senate and

TRENTON - New Jersey voters will be able to decide next year whether they want to legally bet on sports games.

Votes yesterday in the state Senate and Assembly guaranteed that a referendum will appear on the November 2011 general election ballot asking voters whether they want to amend New Jersey's Constitution by legalizing sports betting.

But even if voters say yes, a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states would have to be repealed or overturned to make it legal in the Garden State.

The sports bets would be taken at casinos and horse tracks.

The state Assembly also passed bills yesterday to allow expanded Internet betting on horse races, set up exchange wagering and expand off-track betting.

The bills still require Gov. Chris Christie's approval.

Preview: NJ's Gambling Future New Jersey's Gambling Future: Part 1 New Jersey's Gambling Future: Part 2

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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