NJ Gov. Phil Murphy On WFAN: 'I'm Thrilled' About Sports Gambling Launch

Bets Will Begin To Be Accepted Thursday At 2 Locations

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June 12, 2018 - 5:44 pm
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy

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By WFAN.com

Gamblers in New Jersey can begin placing sports bets Thursday, the product of last month's landmark Supreme Court ruling.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Tuesday that Monmouth Park will accept bets starting at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and the Borgata casino in Atlantic City "is going to go live at about the same time."

"It's been a long time coming, many many years, and we're finally going to get sports betting in New Jersey, and I'm thrilled," Murphy said.

The governor, who signed legislation legalizing sports betting Monday, said before long bets will also be placed at other Atlantic City casinos, the Meadowlands and Freehold racetracks, possibly a new location in Cherry Hill and online.

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Murphy said sports gambling should generate $15 million to $25 million in tax revenue for the state, an estimate he admitted he found surprisingly low. But he added that the pastime will have an economic impact in other ways. 

"It's an NFL playoff weekend. You want to go out with some buddies and make the most of it, spend the weekend, bet on some games, maybe play the tables or, if in a racetrack, bet on some races, have a dinner, buy a bottle of wine, see a show, whatever," he said. "A lot of that business, for good reason, has been in Vegas, and I think we're going to recapture a lot of our fair share."

To listen to the interview, click on the aduio player above.