With the deadline looming for the submission of a supportive New Jersey sports betting bill set for Monday 11 August. Representative of New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has rejected commissioning the bill that would allow New Jersey to bypass the federal law of Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), and allow sports betting in casinos and race tracks.
This weekend Governor Christie office issued a statement that any plans for support of the bill, had been vetoed by the Governor and his advisory team, furthermore New Jersey state would adhere to federal laws on sports betting.
Christie commented that New Jersey state had mounted “a spirted and thought led effort” to implement regulated sports betting within its state borders. Nevertheless Christie pointed out that ignoring federal laws would do more harm to New Jersey, and could further set back the debate on legalised sports betting should the Supreme Court of Justice revaluate its position on the matter.
Christie ended the statement by commenting that he is open to exploring other approaches for allowing the wagers that comply with federal law.
US news sources have speculated that Governor Christie is currently considering running for Presidency under the Republican Party.