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New Jersey awaits governor's signoff on legal sports wagering

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State lawmakers have approved legal sports wagering in New Jersey, and when Gov. Phil Murphy signs the bill, it will be law.

But the question is now when the governor will sign the bill. Gov. Murphy says he has given himself no timetable to sign the bill.

The message from officials at Monmouth Park is, "We are ready to go when we get the thumbs up!"

The computers are ready to go inside the betting hall, and the monitors are flashing across the screens the latest odds and numbers.

No transactions will take place until the governor gives the green light.

William Hill Sports betting employees are ready to fire up the registers as soon as the signal is given.

Delaware casinos began accepting sports bets Tuesday, making it the first state to open up Vegas-style sports wagering after the Supreme Court decision. The three casinos raked in more than $300,000 on the first day alone.

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Lawmakers are now asking why the governor is delaying sports betting in New Jersey.

News 12 received a statement from Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, saying, "This is a really big weekend for sports, especially in the horse-racing industry. The Belmont Stakes, NBA Finals, the French Open and a weekend of all 30 baseball teams taking the field. That is a huge missed opportunity and an even bigger loss for our gambling industry. Gov. Murphy simply must sign the sports betting bill immediately, waiting shouldn't even be considered."

Gov. Murphy says he wants to place the first bet in New Jersey but needs time to review the bill.

"I'm not going to change my stripes just because it's a big weekend though," Murphy said. "We have to make sure we do what we do right."

The Meadowlands also signed a deal with online gambling company Betfair to offer retail and online sports betting. Online wagering would be legal 30 days after the law is signed.

Gov. Murphy has 45 days to sign the bill but says he doesn't intend to take anywhere near that long.

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