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The bill Christie signed effectively repealed the state’s laws against sports gambling. A spokeswoman for the Meadowlands Racetrack said Monday the track had no plans to implement sports wagering and was taking a wait-and-see approach.
A spokesman for Christie didn’t comment after the filing was made Monday, citing the pending litigation. The U.S.
The leagues filed a motion in federal court in Trenton, N.J., seeking an injunction that would stop the state from allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting under legislation signed into law by Republican Gov. Earlier in the day at a campaign event before the filing was released, Christie said, “We’re moving forward. Of the three, only Delaware offers parlay betting in which bettors must correctly pick several games to win money.
The National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, in their filing, say New Jersey’s new law violates the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) by offering what amounts to state-sponsored sports gambling by restricting it to casinos and racetracks that are already heavily regulated by the state.. – The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA filed papers in court Monday to stop New Jersey’s plan to allow legal sports betting beginning this weekend, when gamblers could become the first in the nation outside Nevada to wager on single games.
New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a nonbinding referendum on sports gambling in 2011, and Christie signed sports wagering legislation in early 2012. But acting state Attorney General John Hoffman withdrew the state’s request for the hearing after Christie signed the law.
In that appellate opinion last November, the judges wrote that “we do not read PASPA to prohibit New Jersey from repealing its ban on sports wagering.”
New Jersey’s latest effort is “in clear and flagrant violation of federal law,” the brief states, adding that the law Christie signed “is nothing more than a de facto authorization of sports gambling.”
Monmouth Park, a horse track, is the only location that has said it’s ready to accept wagers and has outfitted an area for a sports book operation. It wasn’t immediately clear when U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp would rule on the leagues’ motion. The pro leagues and the NCAA sued later that year, and Shipp and the appeals court ruled against the state’s effort to have PASPA declared unconstitutional. 26.”
This summer, Christie vetoed an altered version of the sports wagering bill that would have removed sports betting from state control, but in early September he issued a directive for Hoffman not to prosecute casinos and racetracks that offered sports betting.
NEWARK, N.J. He had been scheduled to hear arguments next month on whether he should modify his 2013 order prohibiting sports gambling in light of a subsequent appeals court ruling that sports gambling supporters saw as offering a legal justification. We’ll see what happens.”
© 2014 The Associated Press. That is seen as a way around a 1990s federal law that restricts state-sponsored sports gambling to Nevada and three other states. Supreme Court declined to hear New Jersey’s appeal.
None of Atlantic City’s casinos has released a plan to offer sports betting. On its website, Monmouth Park announced it would “begin offering and accepting wagers on sporting contests and athletic events on Sunday, Oct. All Rights Reserved