New Jersey Moves Again to Legalize Sports Betting

Published Sunday, October 19, 2014 -
New Jersey Moves Again to Legalize Sports Betting

New Jersey has again made an attempt to have sports betting in the Garden State legalized. This time around the lawyers seemed to have found a loophole that will skirt the existing federal law prohibiting sports betting in American states that did not sign on to the 1992 federal law. Governor Chris Christie has gone in a number of directions in his bid to see sports betting allowed online in New Jersey.

A proposed bill that will allow casinos and racetracks in New Jersey to offer sports betting services was introduced and passed by a vote of 27-1. It has to be approved by the Assembly before it is passed on to state Governor Christie. Details of the new bill revealed that casinos and racetracks in New Jersey will be able to offer sports betting to gamblers in the state with the restriction that wagers are placed on events outside of the state so as not to conflict with the existing federal law.

Senator Raymond Lesniak, the author of the proposed bill, commented that it will help boost business in New Jersey’s ailing gambling sector. The Associated Press news agency quoted Lesniak as saying “Atlantic City is haemorrhaging and our racetracks are bleeding and they need the boost in revenues that this legislation will provide,” Governor Christie, has stated that he was ordering the State’s Attorney General’s office to not prosecute casinos or racetracks for offering sports betting.

The bill is still being challenged by four major professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which recently filed a court order against the bill. The Department of Justice also is against the New Jersey proposal saying the attempt as ‘astounding,’, ‘specious’ and a ‘blatant violation’ of a the previous court order disallowing sports betting. The judge in the case Judge Shipp, due to rule on the bill decided to delay the hearing until October 31 to give both sides additional time to get their ducks in line.





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