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Poll: NJ split on an appeal of sports betting ban



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds New Jersey residents nearly evenly split on whether the state should continue its efforts to legalize sports betting.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released Wednesday finds the state almost equally divided on whether New Jersey should appeal a recent federal court decision that upheld a ban on legalized sports betting in the state.

The poll finds 37 percent feel the state should appeal and keep fighting to overturn the ban, while 34 percent say the state should end its efforts until the federal ban is lifted; 22 percent are undecided.

New Jersey missed a chance to legalize sports betting in the 1990s; it’s currently legal in only four states.

A federal appeals court last month ruled that New Jersey’s sports betting law conflicts with federal law and shouldn’t be implemented.