Chris Pedota/NorthJersey.com-USA TODAY NETWORK Pictured: New Jersey governor Phil Murphy
- New Jersey’s sports betting bill passed unanimously through both the state assembly and senate last week.
- New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed it into law on Monday.
- Murphy’s signature allows New Jersey operators to begin offering legal sports betting, with Monmouth Park accepting the state’s first wagers on Thursday, June 14.
Last week, New Jersey’s State Assembly passed the state’s sports betting bill by a vote of 73-0. The state senate quickly followed, passing it by a vote of 37-0 and sending the bill to desk of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
Much to the chagrin of both operators and bettors hoping for legalized sports betting before Game 4 of the NBA Finals and the Belmont Stakes, Murphy decided to hold the bill for further review.
Murphy signed the bill into law on Monday, paving the way for legalized betting to commence in the Garden State.
“Today, we’re finally making the dream of legalized sports betting a reality for New Jersey,” Governor Murphy said in a statement. “It means that our casinos in Atlantic City and our racetracks throughout our state can attract new business and new fans, boosting their own long-term financial prospects. This is the right move for New Jersey and it will strengthen our economy.”
New Jersey’s Monmouth Park is expected to begin accepting bets on Thursday June 14, according to an article from Brent Johnson of NJ.com. Thursday marks the first day of the World Cup and U.S. Open. There are also nine baseball games scheduled.