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New Jersey Horse Race Gambling Amendment, Question 2 (1998)

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New Jersey Question 2, also known as the Constitutional Amendment Allowing the Legislature to Authorize, by Law, the Specific Kind, Restrictions and Control of Wagering on Horse Races, was on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in New Jersey as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.
  • Yes: 853,631 Approveda
  • No: 580,170

Ballot question

The question on the ballot was, "Shall the amendment to Article IV, Section VII, paragraph 2 of the Constitution, agreed to by the Legislature, providing that the Legislature may authorize, by law, the specific kind, restrictions and control of wagering on live or simulcast running and harness horse races conducted within or outside of this State, and providing that the State's share of revenues derived therefrom will be used for such purposes as shall be provided by law, be adopted?"

Interpretive statement

The interpretive statement in the official Voter's Guide was, "The purpose of this amendment is to give the Legislature the authority to respond promptly to the changing needs of New Jersey's horse racing industry which faces strong competition from New York, Pennsylvania, and Delaware racetracks. Adoption of this amendment would give the Legislature the power to enact laws authorizing the specific kind, restrictions and control of wagering on horse races. This power would apply to live or simulcast running and harness horse races conducted in this state or outside of this state. At present, the Constitution permits only parimutuel wagering on races and any law to change this must be placed on the ballot and approved by the voters at a general election. State revenue from these activities would be used for purposes to be provided by law. A "Yes" vote on this question would allow the Legislature to enact laws benefiting the horse racing industry which contributes a billion dollars each year to the state's economy, employs tens of thousands of individuals and helps to preserve open space."

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