- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A bill that would allow betting at New Jersey steeplechase horse races has cleared a legislative hurdle.

The measure approved by an Assembly panel on Thursday would allow a running race permit holder in good standing with the state to coordinate wagering with the Far Hills Race Meeting Association. The annual meeting is a series of steeplechase horse races where wagering is not permitted.

The number of racing days would not be permitted to exceed two days in a calendar year and the measure would allow the races to be simulcast in and out of state.

Towns would be permitted to object to the wagering.

Co-sponsor Democratic Assemblyman Ralph Caputo anything that can build interest in horse racing and tourism is worth considering.

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