..

State Senator Will Attempt to Get Around Sports Betting Ban in New Jersey

Written by:
Gilbert Horowitz
Published on:
Jul/28/2014
State Senator Will Attempt to Get Around Sports Betting Ban in New Jersey

New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) will attempt to get around a sports betting ban by pushing through legislation with strong bipartisan support in hopes that Governor Chris Christie signs the bill into law.

Christie has long supported the legalization of sports betting in New Jersey but the professional sports leagues and NCAA successfully blocked such efforts in the court.

From the Newark Star Ledger:

Lesniak believes the appeals court, and federal lawyers themselves, gave New Jersey the necessary opening when they rebutted its argument that PASPA violated the 10th Amendment by “commandeering” its Legislature to adopt and enforce a federal policy, namely, opposition to sports betting.

He cited the court’s assertion that it does “not read PASPA to prohibit New Jersey from repealing its ban on sports wagering,” and that each state is free to decide “how much of a law enforcement priority it wants to make of sports gambling, or what the exact contours of the prohibition will be.”

He also pointed to the U.S. solicitor general’s contention that “PASPA does not even obligate New Jersey to leave in place the state-law prohibitions against sports gambling that it had chosen to adopt prior to PASPA’s enactment. To the contrary, New Jersey is free to repeal those prohibitions in whole or in part.”

Lesniak had vowed to place the very first sports wager in the state by Week 1 of the upcoming NFL regular season.  Whether that actually happens remains anyone’s guess.

“I plan on placing my first bet at Monmouth racetrack on Sept. 8 for the Giants to beat the spread against the Lions on ‘Monday Night Football,’” he said.

Lesniak believes the U.S. Justice Department “will refrain from interfering, as they have with Colorado and Washington when those states legalized marijuana.”

But as the Star Ledger points out, it is highly unlikely that the sports leagues will sit back idly and allow wagering on sporting events to take place in New Jersey.

George Amick of the Star Ledger writes:

The trouble with Lesniak’s analogy, as South Jersey Times has pointed out, is that pot smoking in Colorado wasn’t opposed by a cartel of sports tycoons who would be happy to put an offending state through another costly round of litigation.

- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

Gambling News

"Tony Meatballs" and Others Indicted for Sports Betting, Heroin Distribution, More

"Tony Meatballs" and Others Indicted for Sports Betting, Heroin Distribution, More

More than a dozen alleged mobsters have been charged as part of a sweeping federal indictment unsealed on Monday including one 72-year-old named Anthony “Tony Meatballs’’ Gifoli.

Atlantic City Casino Earnings Fall 37% Amid Pandemic Limits

Atlantic City Casino Earnings Fall 37% Amid Pandemic Limits

Atlantic City’s casinos saw their collective profits fall by more than 37% in the third quarter of this year as they reopened with capacity limits and costly measures designed to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rise of Virtual Esports Betting in 2020

The Rise of Virtual Esports Betting in 2020

At the beginning of 2020, the sports betting industry found itself in a position they’ve never experienced before. Out of a sudden, all sports events were cancelled, without any predicatble future insight.

GLI Insights on How to Navigate Future of Gaming at Betting on Sports America

Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®) will host a roundtable at next month’s Betting on Sports America - Digital that will focus on the industry’s evolving product and service offerings. 

Legendary Sports Bettor Lem Banker Dies at 93

Legendary Sports Bettor Lem Banker Dies at 93

The legendary sports bettor Lem Banker has passed away in his Las Vegas home at the age of 93.  The multi-millionaire made a living betting sports.

Syndicate