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Still No Sports Betting In New Jersey, Despite Gov. Chris Christie Directive

Gambling Facilities In The State Are Waiting For Another Court Ruling


Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issuing a stunning directive earlier this month that called for Garden State gambling facilities to dabble in the sports betting business, no firm has actually taken up the activity—at least not yet.

“Based on the arguments of the sports leagues and the United States Department of Justice, the 3rd Circuit has already ruled that New Jersey can carry out sports wagering as described in today’s statewide directive,” the governor’s office wrote in a statement.

“The motion simply would clarify and formalize that authority and give clear guidance to casinos and racetracks waiting to open a sports pool in New Jersey.”

There was just one rule: No bets can be taken on teams based in the Garden State or on any sporting event taking place in it. Lawmakers want to avoid possible game fixing.

Christie’s directive basically makes it so sports betting is allowed, but the state government won’t regulate it. It’s a hands-off approach that arguably helps the state circumvent federal law.

However, according to the Associated Press:

Racetracks and casinos are awaiting a federal judge’s ruling early next month, or, possibly, further action by New Jersey’s Legislature. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp, sitting in Trenton, is expected to rule whether, in light of a federal appeals court ruling, his injunction last year that stopped New Jersey from establishing and regulating sports gambling still allows it here as long as it isn’t state-regulated.

According to the report, businesses that offer sports betting in New Jersey face the risk of being prosecuted under federal law. Monmouth Park Racetrack, located in Oceanport, is preparing to be the first gambling facility in the state to offer sports betting once everything mentioned above is more sorted out, the report said.