Sports betting? Whelan says South Jersey is on board

OCEANPORT – State Sen. Jim Whelan (D -Atlantic City), co-chair of the gaming summit legislative panel, assured a concerned Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon, “There are efforts to establish sports books in New Jersey, and tracks would be included.”

A bill by State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth), who is on the panel but out of the country today, is in the works.

Whelan also noted Lesniak’s lawfirm, Weiner Lesniak, is fighting a pro bono battle “challenging the federal ban on sports books,” and State Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) has leant his weight.

“There is a consensus (…) that tracks would be included,” Whelan assured Mahon.

Sports betting? Whelan says South Jersey is on board