Legislation signed into law by Governor Chris Christie today clears the way for mobile horse wagering at New Jersey racetracks.

Meadowlands Racetrack (Flickr user Mike L)

The new law, sponsored by lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle, allows patrons to use mobile gaming devices for wagering on in-state and out-of-state simulcast races, as well as live races taking place at that track.

“New Jersey takes a common sense step forward for our horse racing industry today,” said Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D). “Mobile devices are now a standard part of our lives allowing consumers to do any number of activities, and now we move forward in modernizing our horse racing industry.”

A similar bill to allow for mobile gaming within Atlantic City casinos was signed into law in August, and regulations allowing for such mobile gaming are now in effect.

“If our horse racing industry is going to remain attractive to visitors and competitive with neighboring states, it’s important that it keep up with the latest innovations and trends,” said Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D). “Now, horse racing fans can enjoy gaming while they’re taking advantage of other amenities racetracks have to offer. It moves our horse wagering industry into the 21st century.”