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.
Through a combined Statewide Directive issued by the Attorney General’s office and a motion filed on behalf of Governor Chris Christie in the U.S. District Court, the Christie Administration took action Monday to allow casinos and racetracks to operate sports pools without fear of criminal or civil liability.
Christie on Friday rejected a bill that would have pushed New Jersey to circumvent a federal law banning gambling on professional and college sports in the state. The U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the ban.
Chris discusses the latest in the case of the missing IRS emails, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s release of a report on the Jerry Sandusky investigation, and the Supreme Court’s rejection of New Jersey’s bid to legalize sports gambling. He also talks to author Andrew McCarthy about the capture of the mastermind behind the Benghazi terrorist attacks.
The Garden State had tried to allow betting on professional and college sports in Atlantic City casinos and state racetracks.
New Jersey’s bid to legalize sports gambling has endured defeat after defeat in the courts, but one big winner has emerged, at taxpayer expense.
New Jersey is swinging for the fences in its last ditch effort to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states.
North Jersey state senator Raymond Lesniak wants to allow international web gambling companies to be able to set up shop in the state, preferably in Atlantic City.