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New Jersey senator wants slot machines at tracks

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state senator wants to allow slot machines at the state's four horse racing tracks.

Republican Joe Pennacchio's proposal would have a consortium of casinos run the new machines. Profits would be divided among that group, the state government and a fund to bring infrastructure and entertainment enhancements to Atlantic City, where casinos have been struggling.

Pennacchio wants the state's 50 percent share of profits to help fund pensions for public workers.

The constitutional amendment would require voter approval if it's advanced by lawmakers.

It's one in a growing list of proposals to allow gambling at New Jersey sites outside Atlantic City.

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