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Posted July 15, 2013 to April Gardner
The state of New Jersey intends to introduce legalized sports betting for its residents, and Governor Chris Christie is prepared to do nothing to legalize sports betting.
Christie has voiced his opinion on the matter on several occasions this year, and is in the process of leading a movement to lift the federal sports-gambling ban. According to the governor of New Jersey, the 1992 law that outlawed sports betting is unconstitutional.
"In every city in this state, people bet on soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey, all the major sports, except criminals," Christie said. "We would like to expose it and make the citizens of the state take advantage of it."
While Christie sees the positive ways in which sports betting can help the New Jersey economy, sports leagues are against any form of expansion of gambling into their sport. The NFL, MLB, and NCAA have received written responses in a legal battle, saying they believe sports betting would jeopardize the integrity of their sports. This view was quickly disproved by Joe Brennan Jr., a gaming industry lobbyist.
"Americans have no problem finding a way to bet on sports," said Brennan Jr. "Either the leagues are consciously blind or they are just incredibly unaware when it comes to sports betting."
A dozen states have considered legalizing sports betting over the past decade, and New Jersey voters were asked last year to vote to approve sports betting. Voters did it almost two to one. Lawmakers responded by passing a law allowing sports betting at Atlantic City casinos.
The state is currently awaiting the ruling of the appellate court, and their case was strengthened when the Supreme Court issued a recent ruling on the equality of all states.
New Jersey argued in its documents that because sports betting is legal in Nevada, other states should also be able to offer sports betting.