Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing saga of the New Jersey legislature’s attempts to legalize sports betting despite clear federal law that prevents such gambling expansion. After the proposed the legislation, the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA and the federal government sued to stop the legislation. The case was appealed all the way to the Supreme Court and the court rejected to hear the case, thereby affirming the lower courts ruling that struck down the law. Not following the clear ruling of the Court, the legislature passed legislation that simply sought to ignore the Court. The legislation then went to Gov. Christie to become law and he used his power to veto the legislation. An online source explains:
Gov. Chris Christie announced Friday that he vetoed a bill meant to bypass a federal ban and legalize sports betting in New Jersey casinos and racetracks.
Federal judges repeatedly sided with the leagues, and in June the U.S. Supreme Court let the ban stand.
Some gaming attorneys called the bill a creative workaround to the federal ban; others said it was a bizarre end-run around the law. But there was a consensus among them: it was a long shot.
Even if Christie had signed the bill, the plan faced further legal hurdles from the leagues, which might have sued for an injunction to stop the law from taking effect.
It appears that there are legislators that will work to secure votes enough to overturn Gov. Christie’s veto.
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