NJ Governor Signs Sports Betting Legislation

By Debra SaundersGoogle

This past week, Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey signed legislation that legalizes sports betting in the state. The bill will make it possible for residents to place bets on the outcome of sporting events.

Christie stated, “We intend to go forward. If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and 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 the fall of last year, New Jersey citizens voted in a nonbinding referendum that they want to be able to place bets on sporting events. At the same time, the state legislature passed a bill that Christie had signed, allowing bets to be taken at Atlantic City casinos and the state’s four horse tracks.

Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has worked fervently in support of online casino games legislation commented, “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.’”

Lesniak continued, “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.”

Christie has stated that he intends to use fifty percent of the revenue generated from top rated online casinos and sports betting to aid in combating compulsive gambling.

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