Lesniak who had put forward the bill as an alternative way for allowing sports betting wagering in New Jersey licenced casinos and racetracks, thus bypassing federal laws implemented by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).
Governor Christie had previously supported sports betting in New Jersey, issued a statement last weekend claiming that he would not support the passing of the bill. Christie believes the bill would cause more harm to the state and would lead to potential future setbacks for legal sports betting in New Jersey.
Senator Lesniak criticised the Governors wavering stance, claiming that the Governor’s indecisiveness did not help the debate on the subject matter.
Lesniak commented “Everybody’s scratching their heads, its a no harm, no foul debate. What’s the harm? What’s the governor afraid of?”
Lesniak firmly believes that New Jersey state is left with only two options if it ever wants a sniff at sports betting: a legislative override of Christie’s veto, or just waiting it out a few years until a new governor is in office. Lesniak further commented that options “may very well be too late” to save the state’s casinos and racetracks, which he says are “both on life support.”