Christie signed legislation Friday giving state approval for the Oceanport thoroughbred racetrack to regulate and operate sports betting this weekend.
Monmouth Park plans to start taking bets Oct. 26 for the Jets-Bills game and the other NFL matchups that day, said track consultant Dennis Drazin. The Giants have a bye week..
Drazin said the track isn't ready for a full rollout; for instance, bettors will be able to wager on NFL games against Las vegas point spreads, but a $100 bet limit is likely to be in place for the first day.
Also, borrowing from old-time bookmakers, betting records will initially be kept by hand.
"We won't be able to have everything set up electronically for 3 or 4 weeks, '' Drazin said. "My own take on this is the people have been clamoring for this for so long that we want to introduce them to it even if you can't do it full scale just yet. ''.