U.S. Supreme Court Closes Door On New Jersey’s Sports Betting Appeal
New Jersey’s battle to legalize sport betting has been a hard fought one with Gov. Christie leading the battle. Today the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the lower court ruling which found that federal law did not permit sport betting.
The main sports bodies’ including the NFL, NBA and NHL were not happy with the possibility of legalising sports betting as they believe it would undermine the integrity of professional sports.
Gov. Chris Christie signed a law way back in 2012 which permits sports betting at the New Jersey’s racetracks and Atlantic casinos. Christie was hoping to benefit from the sports betting revenues which would have helped the struggling Atlantic City casinos which were losing customers to neighboring states.
One of the biggest supporters for expanding gambling in New Jersey is Sen. Ray Lesniak was defiant and was not giving up. In a statement he said,” This is a disappointing decision, but our fight is not over. Today I will introduce legislation repealing the state laws that make sports betting illegal at our casinos and racetracks. I expect that the U.S. Justice Department will refrain from intervening, as they have with Colorado and Washington when those states legalized marijuana. I plan on placing my first bet at Monmouth Racetrack on September 8 for the Giants to beat the spread against the Lions on Monday Night Football.”
It remains to be seen if Gov. Chris Christie will play ball with Lesniak and sign the planned legislation. Christie is playing the political game as he is strong candidate in the 2016 presidential elections. With the bridge scandal in New Jersey still haunting him he will think twice before going against the Department of Justice. In previous reports we discussed the possible ramifications of Christie’s battle to legalize sports betting could have on his political aspirations. We will continue to follow this story with interest.