A bill to legalize sports betting in New Jersey racetracks and casinos is moving on to the 3rd District Court in Philadelphia after a federal judge ruled the Garden State can not lift a prohibition on sports betting.
A federal judge ruled Friday that New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries.
New Jersey could drop its ban on betting on sports entirely, but it cannot legally set conditions as it ends the prohibition, a lawyer for the NCAA and four major sports leagues told a federal judge Thursday.
Governor Christie went to Atlantic City on Wednesday to fight to legalize sports betting and talked about it on the 94WIP Morning Show.
Monmouth Park Racetrack is hoping sports gambling will save itself from the slow extinction facing much of the horse racing industry.
The parties will convene Nov. 20 in Trenton in front of U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp, whose temporary restraining order that stopped New Jersey from allowing legal sports betting is set to expire the day after.
A federal judge has granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to at least temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting.
The nation’s four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA want to stop New Jersey’s plans to allow legal sports betting, just days before it’s due to start.
State Senator Raymond Lesniak of North Jersey first sponsored sports betting legislation eight-years ago and has been fighting for it ever since.
New Jersey is moving ahead with plans to permit betting on sports in the state, but legal challenges could stall the rollout.
State lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that could allow legal sports betting in New Jersey to move forward.
This time, New Jersey lawmakers see a loophole, planning to partially repeal the state ban and allow casinos and racetracks to proceed without regulation.
The bill is the latest in a years-long effort to authorize sports wagering, a push that still faces legal challenges. The state Senate passed the measure on Tuesday.
The filing in federal court Monday calls the effort “astounding,” ”specious” and a “blatant violation” of an earlier court order.
“I’m glad the governor reversed his course, because he vetoed my legislation doing exactly the same thing two months ago,” said state senator Frank Lesniak, of Union County.