Sports Betting Legislation Passed in New Jersey

06/10/2012
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

Earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation that makes sports betting legal. The new bill allows citizens of the state to place bets on the outcome of sporting events.

 

Christie commented, “We intend to go forward. If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with top rated casinos and the horse racing industry to get it implemented. Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it?  Yes, but I have every confidence we’re going to be successful.”

 

In a nonbinding referendum put forth last year, residents of New Jersey voted that they would like the chance to place bets on sporting events. Simultaneously, the state legislature passed a bill that Christie had signed, making it legal for bets to be taken at Atlantic City casinos as well as New Jersey’s four horse tracks.

 

Senator Raymond Lesniak, the state’s frontrunner for casino games online legislation stated, “To those with a vested interest in the status quo – the professional sports organizations who take a hypocritical stance that wagering will ‘ruin the purity of the game,’ and the Nevada-based gaming conglomerates that have enjoyed that state’s stranglehold on sports wagering for the last 20 years – I respectfully say, ‘Bring it on.’”

 

Senator Lesniak went on, “The sooner you make an issue of New Jersey’s noncompliance with an unconstitutional federal ban, the sooner we can defeat that ban in the courts, and put New Jersey on the same competitive footing as the rest of the nation when it comes to sports wagering.”

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