By Tara Nurin, NJ Spotlight
During a season that’s brought Jimmy Buffett to Atlantic City to announce the addition of the music superstar’s Margaritaville mini-casino complex to the market, the future of gambling in New Jersey continues to take center stage for industry leaders and lawmakers in Trenton and Washington, D.C.
Over the past several months, state and national legislators have drafted more than a dozen bills to expand gaming in the state to include sports betting, gambling via the Internet and mobile apps, and wagering at horsetracks and at special events. Some of these activities are already being implemented at the state level despite violating federal law.
As new casinos in New Jersey’s border states rapidly siphon off gamblers who until recently had few options outside Atlantic City for spending their dollars, elected officials are desperate to recoup fortunes that continue to dwindle at