Next Monday will be the deadline for Governor Chris Christie to submit new bills aiming to legalise/allow sports betting in New Jersey casinos and racetracks.
Chris Christie a firm supporter of gambling in the state of New Jersey, has not yet stated his intentions with regards to the passing of new bills permitting sports betting . The States previous attempts to legalise sports betting were rejected y the US Supreme Court in July 2014.
The Governor has felt pressure from both pro and anti sports betting camps, as the issue has gathered momentum and nationwide news coverage.
Pro sports betting Senator Raymond ‘Ray’ Lesniak, had pointed out that New Jersey could bypass federal laws and the US Supreme Court decision if it did not implement the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) provisions on sports betting.
The PASPA effectively bans sports betting outside Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon; those states received exemptions to maintain betting operations in place before Congress enacted the law in 1992.
Lesniak pro sports betting stance has been criticised by NFL New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara, who believes the senator is acting out of self interest. Mara further stated that professional sports franchises in the states of New Jersey and New York would not support/tolerate any attempt to bypass federal laws on the matter.
Anti sports betting campaigners further stated that casinos or racetracks who allow sports betting could face legal action from professional sporting lobbies.
As Monday approaches it is unknown whether Governor Chris Christie will push the matter forward.