New Jersey politicians moved forward with identical sports-betting bills on Monday that are expected to pass the full Legislature on Thursday.

Gov. Phil Murphy will then likely sign the bill a day or two later, poker online Assemblyman Ralph Caputo D-Belleville told The Post.

“He may take a day to look at it and review it with the attorney general and make sure it’s technically correct.”

Then, Monmouth Park is expected to almost immediately open up for sports betting in time for the NBA Finals game.

Changes made Monday before voting included deciding not to license mobile sports betting for 30 days after sports betting begins at casinos or racetracks.

The pro sports leagues were looking for an “integrity fee” to help monitor games for unusual betting activity.

New Jersey politicos added an amendment Monday that will require regulators to consult with the pro sports leagues and listen to suggestions.

“My opinion is the leagues should offer their help for free,” Caputo said, poker online explaining why there are no integrity fees.

New Jersey could be setting the standard on how to deal with the leagues since the Supreme Court on May 14 ruled that the national ban on sports betting was unconstitutional.

“It’s a watershed moment,” Caputo said, referring to the Assembly Gaming and Appropriations Committees and the Senate Appropriation Committee on Monday all approving the bill.

The MLB and the NBA, which fought unsuccessfully for the integrity fees, declined comment.

The measure would not allow bets on college events taking place in the state or any event involving a New Jersey college team anywhere. Nor would it permit bets on high school sports.

But there’s nothing in the bill preventing bets on minor poker online league sports — a point that bothered Leiter and the leagues. They argue a player who might not make the majors has more of a financial incentive to throw a game and make a quick score now.

The legislation also excludes casinos whose owners have a stake in pro sports teams. That might affect three Atlantic City gambling halls.

Borgata’s parent company, MGM, owns the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA. Billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the Houston Rockets and the Golden Nugget line of casinos.

Caesars is co-owned by Apollo Global Management, poker online and one of the founders of that company has stakes in the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers.

But lawmakers noted this bill is a first for the state, and changes could happen down the road.

Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnsonnjadvancemediam. johnsb01. Find NJm Politics on .

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