By Harry Allison
New Jersey is catching up with lower, slower Delaware today.
At 10:30 a.m., Monmouth Park racetrack will become the first place in New Jersey history to accept legal wagers on sports games.
Gov. Phil Murphy places the first bet there.
Then, at 11 a.m., the Borgata is slated to be the first Atlantic City casino to open a sports betting parlor.
New Jersey will be the second state to enact full-scale sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Garden State last month in its nearly decade-long push to legalize it. Delaware beat the state by about a week.
New Jersey’s law will allow people 21 and over to place bets on professional and college sports games, both online and in person at the state’s casinos and tracks.
But online betting won’t be available for the first 30 days.