Senator Jeff Van Drew testified before the Senate Economic Growth Committee on legislation he sponsored to permit legalized sports wagering in New Jersey, calling it vital to Atlantic City ’s economic success. The bill would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment to legalize sports wagering at New Jersey ’s casinos and horse-racing tracks. It would permit wagers to be placed on professional, college, or amateur sports or athletic events, either in-person of from any other location using telephone, Internet or other means. “Legalized sports betting is key to Atlantic City maintaining its competitive edge and to ensuring future economic success of the resort city,” said Van Drew. The bill was recently approved by the Economic Growth Committee by a vote of 4-0, with one abstention. Today’s public hearing was required by law to give the public another chance to testify on the bill. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.