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NJ voters OK sports betting, US must approve

By Kimberly Davidow, Reporter
Published On: Nov 09 2011 03:40:26 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 09 2011 03:47:15 PM CST
PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. -

As many of us watch and root for our favorite teams, could we soon be rooting to win more than just bragging rights?

In New Jersey, voters like Jorel McOttry gave their approval on Election Day to allow sports betting.

"You want your team to do good," said McOttry. "Why not make money off of them doing good, making a victory?"

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is expected to support new legislation to make sports betting legal in the Garden State.

Sports betting will undoubtedly bring more money to Atlantic City, and it could not come sooner.

A recent report suggested more gamblers are choosing to spend their money at casinos in Pennsylvania, including the Sands Bethlehem and Mount Airy, over those in Atlantic City.

Before casinos and racetracks in New Jersey can start accepting bets, federal lawmakers still have to overturn the current ban, enacted since 1992.

Right now, betting on sports is illegal in all but four states, Delaware, Montana, Oregon and Nevada.

An NFL spokesperson said the league opposes gambling on football and will continue to support the sports betting ban.

Gambling enthusiasts like Mike Stallings, of Phillipsburg, have a different opinion.

"People who want to do it should be able to do it. People who don't, don't do it," said Stallings.

Opponents said sports betting leads to many personal issues like debt, stealing, and relationship problems.