Lesniak: ‘Go to the bank’ on New Jersey sports betting

sports christie new jerseyNJ Biz – If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to take up New Jersey’s sports betting case, it will be a sure victory for proponents in the Garden State, State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) said this week at the annual East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City.

But just in case the high court decides otherwise, Lesniak said he is already drafting legislation that would still allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports wagering on their premises.

So while the state waits to see if the green light for sports betting comes from either Washington or Trenton, Lesniak said it would be smart to book rooms now in Atlantic City for next year’s Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament because when it finally does go down, “you won’t be able to get one.”

“We’re going to have sports betting in New Jersey next year,” Lesniak said. “Go to the bank on it.”

If the court does take up the case, the state will continue its attempt to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, a federal law that limits sports betting to just Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon. The state’s case has thus far been defeated in U.S. District Court and again at the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

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