New Jersey’s Monmouth Park delays sportsbook launch

New Jersey’s Monmouth Park racetrack is pumping the brakes on its plans to offer legal sports betting by the end of this month.

On Tuesday, Dennis Drazin, CEO of the firm that operates Monmouth Park, announced that the property’s William Hill-powered sportsbook would take its first official wager on Monday, May 28, the culmination of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

On Wednesday, the Asbury Park Press quoted Drazin said the track’s sportsbook would now only conduct ‘ceremonial’ wagering on May 28, which would reportedly involve longtime legal betting champion (and former state senator) Ray Lesniak, along with current Governor Phil Murphy and former Gov. Chris Christie, under whose watch the state’s multi-year legal betting quest began.

Drazin said the change in plans came about following discussions with State Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who “asked me to wait.” Drazin clarified that Monmouth Park wouldn’t take ‘real’ bets until the state legislature had signaled the all-clear.

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