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Breaking News: NJ AG Directive No Longer Enforcing Sports Betting Ban

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Sep/08/2014
Breaking News: NJ AG Directive No Longer Enforcing Sports Betting Ban

Sports Betting Victory At Last!  That's what NJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak proclaimed on Monday morning.

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NJ Attorney General, John Hoffman, has issued a directive to law enforcement that prohibitions on Sports Wagering in casinos and at racetracks would no longer be enforced. He also has filed a motion with the US District Court (Judge Shipp) seeking "clarification or modification" of the injunction prohibiting enforcement of the NJ Sports Wagering Law.

The sports betting community overall has been rejoicing these past few days with a series of positive outcomes that coincided with a winning weekend in the NFL.

On Friday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver declared his league would support legalization of sports betting and, in doing so, suggested the activity would draw more attention to his sport.

More great news came when ESPN.com debuted its new Sports Betting Guide after years of resistance to the National Football League's staunch opposition. 

Last month, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have fully legalized sports wagering in the Garden State.

The bill — which passed the state Senate and Assembly by wide bipartisan margins — would have allowed private companies to open up wagering operations in Atlantic City casinos and the state’s harness racing tracks.
Lesniak (D-Union) noted that the U.S. Justice Department wrote in its legal briefs that the federal law does not "obligate New Jersey to leave in place the state-law prohibitions against sports gambling that it had chosen to adopt prior" to the law's adoption.

- This story is developing...

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