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Behind the Bets

One more politico puts his muscle behind sports betting

Updated: July 9, 2009, 6:53 PM ET
By Chad Millman | ESPN The Magazine

Would you want legalized gambling, including on the NFL, in your state?

Sorry, SportsNation, much as I love you, I just don't need your input on this one. I already know the answer. It's yes, yes, yes. For the love of point spreads, dime bets and all that Pete Axthelm ever held holy, you want legalized gambling, especially on sports -- and no doubt on the NFL -- in your state.

Getty ImagesNew Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has joined the fight to legalize sports gambling.

And it doesn't really matter where you live (except for, and I'm just guessing here, Utah).

But don't take my word for it.

Let's do what the big-time politicos do and prove our point by making general assumptions from a small sample set of polling data. Luckily, back in April, the fine folks at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey provided us with exactly what we needed, by asking 728 random Jerseyans whether they favored having sports betting in their state. For the record, I live in northern New Jersey and wasn't one of them. But I can't think of a better state on which to base gross generalities than New Freaking Jersey, man. And not just because our housewives can toss tables like Lou Ferrigno. (Stay classy, Teresa.)

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