Because the bill does not include provision for New Jersey’s racetracks, representatives of the horse racing industry were present at the hearing on Tuesday to contend their exclusion from the bill.

Supporters of the bill hope that, if passed, the bill will help the state get into the race to get new ways to gamble.

“We must be first,” said William Pascrell III, a lobbyist for online gaming. “We need to create the Silicon Valley of of Internet gaming in New Jersey.”

The bill will now go to the full Senate for a vote.

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