Christie encouraged court reviewing betting case

Posted June 28, 2017

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the New Jersey law a year ago, ruling that the law violated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 that forbids state-authorized sports gambling.

Oral arguments and a decision are due in the court's next term, which starts in October. Americans illegally wager between $80 billion and $380 billion on sports each year, according to various estimates, though exact figures are unavailable.

The appeal to review the ruling is being spearheaded by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who claims that the reintroduction of the 2014 law would reinvigorate New Jersey's gambling industry and generate as much as $1bn worth of bets in the first year alone. Nevada is now the only state where single-game wagering is legal. New Jersey passed the second law in 2014, and a lower courts struck it down previous year. Nevada is the only state that can offer betting on individual games.

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The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law on a 10-2 vote.

Christie said Tuesday that he was thrilled that the justices took the case and noted that attorney Ted Olson of the law firm Gibson Dunn was handling the case.

He says he feels "pretty good" having attorney Ted Olson representing the state before the court and that it's a "very good sign" the court chose to hear the case. Supporters of New Jersey's efforts see it as a states' rights issue.

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New Jersey has already beaten the odds - the Supreme Court historically has granted appeal review in only about two percent of cases.

"These decisions should be made at the state level", said state Sen. The plans allowing for sports betting have tabbed Monmouth Park as one of the sites where sports wagers could be placed, along with Atlantic City's struggling casinos.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the New Jersey law previous year, ruling that the law violated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 that forbids state-authorized sports gambling.

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"The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sports betting and acted in a referendum to show that support", Pallone said in a statement. Christie signed follow-up legislation in January 2012, and that spring, New Jersey gaming officials put forth regulations for state-sponsored sportsbooks. "Rather than continuing to allow criminal and offshore entities to reap the benefits of illegal gaming, there is now an opportunity for the Supreme Court to allow the democratic process in New Jersey to appropriately regulate sports gaming".