Mary-Lyn BuckleyMay 20, 2018, 6:55 pm

Monmouth Park reacts to legalized sports betting

Community mixed on the decision

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OCEANPORT – Monmouth Park race track will be one of the first places to have sports betting up and running after Monday’s Supreme Court decision to legalize sports betting in New Jersey on Monday. Members of the community have had mixed reactions to the decision.

"We've been waiting for this for years and it's definitely going to help us with money financially," resident Rosemarie Shockley said. "We can bring in some of the younger people that are more into sports betting because there are lots of those as we know."

Some feel like the new law could likely bring out a new generation of gamblers.

"You know to bring out a lot of closet gamblers since its super legal now." Aiki Barkiesdale said.

Some feel like added traffic that could come to the community.

"Too many people are going to be here. That's what we are expecting," Fazal Khan said.

However, some are confident this decision is moving New Jersey in the right direction.

"I don't think it's going to hurt traffic really don't and everything is going too concealed. It's going to be right here at Monmouth Park is not going to be extended outwards,” Monmouth County resident Bill said.

"I think everybody's going to benefit, the state of New Jersey is going to benefit," Long Beach resident Mazza said.

Former governor Chris Christie recently told the Star-Ledger he wants sports betting to start at Monmouth Park on Memorial Day. However, Senate President Stephen Sweeney told the racetrack to stand down until the proper regulations were in place.

The owners of the track said they are filing in federal court for millions in damages, claiming they suffered because sports leagues blocked them from accepting bets.

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