(TRENTON)-Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats John Burzichelli. Connie Wagner and Tim Eustace to allow mobile horse wagering was approved Thursday by the Senate.
The bill (A-2610) authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to allow the use of mobile gaming devices at in-state racetracks to wager on in-state and out-of-state races being transmitted via simulcasting and live races taking place at that racetrack.
“If our horse racing industry is going to remain attractive to visitors and competitive with neighboring states, it’s important that it keep up with the latest innovations and trends,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “This will allow horse racing fans to enjoy gaming while they’re taking advantage of other amenities racetracks have to offer. It moves our horse wagering industry into the 21st Century.”
“This is really nothing more than a common sense step forward for our horse racing industry,” said Wagner (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Mobile devices are now a standard part of our lives allowing consumers to do any number of activities, and we continue our push to modernize our horse racing industry, this is a logical move. It’s embracing modern technology and easing access for horse wagering fans.”
“You can do so many activities these days with a mobile device, so expanding it to our horse racing industry is the smart approach to keep it competitive,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). “We know our horse racing industry faces tough competition, so let’s keep it modern and vibrant. Let’s make it easier for patrons and promote the industry at the same time.”
The legislation was approved by the Senate 38-0. It was approved 76-0 by the Assembly in May, but must return to the Assembly floor for final legislative approval because of amendments.
A similar bill to allow for mobile gaming within Atlantic City casinos sponsored by Burzichelli and Assembly Democrat Ruben J. Ramos Jr. (D-Hudson) was signed into law in August and regulations allowing for such mobile gaming are now in effect.
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