Press of Atlantic City reports that New Jersey lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted in favor of legalizing sports betting at NJ casinos and race tracks. While Governor Christie has pushed for sports betting approval in the past, he has not stated whether or not he will support this bill.
The writing of the bill seeks to “repeal prohibitions against sports wagering at racetracks and casinos in New Jersey.” The bill garnered an impressive 38 out of 39 votes in the Senate and passed the Assembly 63-6-2.
Only a few years ago New Jersey voters approved local state-sanctioned sports betting. However, all of the major sports leagues sued on the basis that sports betting would ruin the integrity of their games. After several appeals, the Supreme Court finally denied NJ just over a week ago.
Though Governor Christie recently said it’s time to move on, it looks as though other lawmakers aren’t ready to give up so easy. Stay tuned, and we will keep you updated on this developing story.