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Thursday, February 23, 2006
Posted 5:25 PM by

Don't bet on it

Two South Jersey lawmakers think they can buck the odds and legalize sports bettering in Atlantic City. And it's not even March Madness yet.In the game of oneupsmanship, it's best to be the last guy to make a play.

That's why two South Jersey assemblymen are now pushing a bill that would legalize sports wagering in Atlantic City's casinos despite a federal law prohibiting it.

New Jersey had its chance to join Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon as states where sports book is legal back in 1994. But the state shot the idea down.

And now assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, a Cape May Democrat who chairs the tourism committee, and Assemblyman Louis Greenwald, D-Camden, are playing a long shot to resurrect the concept of legalized in-person wagering on pro sports in Atlantic City's casinos.

And believe it or not, they're using the hockey betting scandal as part of their justification.

Former Philadelphia Flyer Rick Tocchet and a state police trooper have been charged with helping operate a betting ring, and authorities have said several NHL players were involved as bettors.

"This gambling investigation is a living, breathing example of why sports betting should be allowed at Atlantic City's casinos," Van Drew said Thursday. "Sports betting is a reality. Let's keep it open, honest, clean and fair."

Throwing dice in a back alley in Philly is a reality too. Does that mean Pennsylvania should leglize table games in addition to slot machines?

What's next, prostitution? There's certainly enough of that going on in both corrupt cities.

All we need after that is to allow the citizenry to go around wearing concealed firearms to protect themselves from the social ills the rest will create, and presto - It's the Wild West all over again. And as they said back then, don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining.


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