New Jersey set to begin taking legal sports bets

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Like a fellow New Jersey governor did 40 years earlier, Gov. Phil Murphy is set to kick off a new era of gambling in the state.

The Democrat will make the state’s first legal sports bets Thursday morning at Monmouth Park, a racetrack near the Jersey shore in Oceanport. It will have echoes of 1978, when then-Democratic Gov. Brendan Byrne threw the first dice at an Atlantic City casino with entertainer Steve Lawrence. New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case last month that cleared the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting should they choose. The Borgata casino plans to start taking bets 30 minutes after they begin taking bets at Monmouth Park.