The recent legalization of sports betting in New Jersey, combined with easier wagering online and by phone, has sparked concerns the problem of gambling addiction in the state could worsen.
“Two years from now you won’t be able to get a seat at a Gamblers Anonymous room, because what happens is people that would never gamble sports illegally are now gambling on sports,” said Arnie Wexler at a conference of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, in Atlantic City on Friday. (Wexler is a co-founder of the council.)
More than 6 percent of New Jersey residents had a gambling disorder last year, according to a Rutgers University survey. That’s about three times higher than the national average
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