Any hope of sports betting being allowed at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey were dashed on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court announced it had declined to hear the case and instead let stand a lower court ruling that if allowed it would conflict with a federal law that permits sports betting in just four states.
In 2011, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved amending the state constitution to allow sports betting, and lawmakers passed a law allowing it. The NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and NCAA banded together in a lawsuit to block the law, saying it would be harmful to the integrity of their sports. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie then appealed to the Supreme Court the ruling that the Court said would conflict with a 22-year-old federal law that allows sports wagering in just Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.
Despite Monday's Supreme Court ruling, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who sponsored the original legislation, introduced a bill that would repeal all laws prohibiting sports wagering in New Jersey. Lesniak said he hopes the bill would pass the state legislature despite Monday's decision.
"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,” Lesniak was quoted as saying.
Lesniak hopes that the state Senate would vote on the bill as early as Monday, with the state Assembly then following.