New Jersey Has A Tangled History With This Sports Betting Law

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions about a sports gambling case after Supreme Court arguments on Monday

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions about a sports gambling case after Supreme Court arguments on Monday

At the time, New Jersey could have allowed sports wagering if it had acted within a year of the law's effective date, but New Jersey chose not to.

"Sports betting in the on the forefront of the discussion not only in the gaming industry but among the general public", said Steve Gallaway, GMA's Managing Partner.

Right now, sports betting is only legal in four US states. "I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will decide in New Jersey's favor, and the GAME Act provides the necessary legal framework for states to move forward".

He claims that the federal government overstepped their bounds by forcing such regulation.

The sports leagues have long maintained that expanding legal sports betting in the USA would threaten the integrity of their games.

The justices heard arguments in a case where New Jersey is challenging a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.

Christie says his state's "long experience" of casino gaming shows that New Jersey can appropriately regulate sports gaming. The state says the Constitution allows Congress to make wagering on sports illegal itself but that it can't require states to keep sports gambling prohibitions in place.

New Jersey wants to overturn PASPA, which makes it unlawful for governmental entities to sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, licence or authorise betting, gambling or wagering schemes that are based on games played by amateur or professional athletes.

According to a 2017 poll conducted by The Washington Post and University of Massachusetts Lowell, 56 percent of Americans approve of legalizing betting on pro sports.

By 2012, the state had changed its mind and passed a law to allow sports betting. It lost again in court.

Now that the case is before the Supreme Court, the justices could ultimately greenlight the expansion of sports gambling nationwide by striking down the federal law.

The governor says if the state is successful in their case "we could have bets being taken in New Jersey within two weeks of a decision being taken by the courts". "It will have ramifications far beyond the confines of sports gambling in New Jersey and it could impact a broad range of other policy domains where the states are rolling back preexisting prohibitions in the shadow of stricter federal laws". "We've got this. You can't do anything, '" Kagan told Theodore B. Olson, who was arguing on behalf of New Jersey.

A decision from the Supreme Court is expected by the end of June.

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