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Report: Sports betting may be delayed pending Murphy approval

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The New Jersey Racing Commission reportedly issued a memo late Thursday that racetracks still have to hold off on accepting sports wagers until Gov. Phil Murphy signs newly passed legislation legalizing sports betting, NJ Advance Media reported.

State officials told New Jersey’s three racetracks they could face disciplinary action if they accept sports bets before Murphy signs the bill, according to NJ Advance Media. The commission’s letter was reportedly sent to the management at Monmouth Park, Freehold Raceway and the New Meadowlands Racetrack.

Dennis Drazin, who oversees Monmouth Park, told NJBIZ on Friday morning that he has yet to see the letter. Drazin said shortly after the bill’s unanimous passage he would hold off accepting sports wagers until the Governor’s office takes action.

Earlier this week, Drazin said he was hoping Monmouth Park could start accepting bets as soon as Friday evening. But a source close to the matter said Murphy would most likely not sign the bill until early next week, pending legal review by the Governor’s office.

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Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel J. Munoz

Daniel Munoz covers politics and state government for NJBIZ. You can contact him at dmunoz@njbiz.com.

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