JOHN L. SMITH: Legalized pro sports betting in Jersey a long shot, but it does make sense
The New Jersey Legislature is once again entertaining the possibility of legalizing betting on professional sports. What only a few years ago was thought to be an outrageous suggestion now seems merely highly improbable.
The bill, introduced Jan. 24, has passed out of the tourism and gaming committee, and is scheduled for a vote of the full Assembly on Thursday. Although even its backers call it a prohibitive underdog -- it's been tried unsuccessfully two other times in the past four years -- each time it comes before the public the specter of legalized bookmaking gets less controversial.