New Bill Would OK Wagering On Historical Horse Racing In New Jersey

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As gambling continues to expand and become part of the infrastructure of New Jersey, a new proposed bill could push the boundaries even further.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald S. Dancer and Assemblywoman  Valerie Vainieri Huttle, the bill would amend the state constitution to allow wagering on previously recorded horse races.

Introduced to the New Jersey Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee on Oct. 18, the proposed bill would authorize such action at racetracks and off-track wagering facilities.

The introduced bill would amend Article IV, Section VII, paragraph 2 of the state constitution.

First and foremost, and atop the proposed bill: “No gambling of any kind shall be authorized by the Legislature unless the specific kind, restrictions and control thereof have been heretofore” presented and approved by the public.

Upon approval, the state will have the authorization to green-light establishments to conduct historical horse racing operations at licensed racetracks and at off-track wagering facilities. Those wagers, per the bill, can be placed in-person or remotely.