Dancer bill to allow out of state New Jersey residents to place wagers on horse races advances

Dancer bill to allow out of state New Jersey residents to place wagers on horse races advances

TRENTON, N.J. – Horse racing has been a crucial part of New Jersey’s economy and its history since the late 1800s.  A lot has changed within the horse racing industry, and Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants the current law on betting to reflect those updates.

Dancer’s bill (A-2355) would give New Jersey residents the ability to place wagers on horse racing even when they are out of state.  Currently, a New Jersey resident must be physically present in the state to place a wager.

“All New Jersey residents should be allowed to place wagers on horse racing no matter where they are, whether it’s online or through an agency,” stated Dancer (R-Ocean). “With the changes in technology, our access to place wagers has changed and the law should reflect those changes. It’s also critical we do everything we can do to keep our staple industries afloat during and after the coronavirus pandemic.”

Dancer’s bill unanimously passed the Assembly with a 73 to 0 vote.