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English Channel with jockey John R. Velazquez (R) drives past the field en route to winning the 2007 Breeders' Cup Turf race at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

New Jersey racetrack to take bets ‘as soon as possible,’ following Supreme Court decision

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and former governor Chris Christie are praising the Supreme Court’s ruling clearing the way for sports betting. One of the state’s racetracks says it plans to start taking bets “as soon as possible.”

Murphy, a Democrat, says he’s thrilled and credited the court victory to his predecessor, Christie.

Christie, a Republican, called it a “great day” for the public in a tweet and says he’s proud to have fought to give the public the right to bet.

Monmouth Park racetrack has already established a sports betting facility and said it plans to take bets “as soon as possible.”

Dennis Drazin is chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, which operates the track. He says the ruling could help the state’s struggling horse racing industry.

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