New Jersey Makes Sports Betting “States Rights” Issue

The latest filings in the New Jersey sports betting case represent the last steps before the US Supreme Court decides whether to hear the state’s appeal.

New Jersey is hoping the highest court in the land will hear its case on whether the state can partially repeal its own laws to offer sports betting within its borders. It has continually argued that a federal law — PASPA — that prevents most forms of sports betting around the country is unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, both Gov. Chris Christie (acting on behalf of the state of New Jersey) and the NJ Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association filed short replies in their request for a SCOTUS review. You can see the filings here and here.

The deadline for those filings was today. The replies came after the NCAA and the major North America professional sports leagues — the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB — made their case against the appeal.

The filings broke little new ground, as they are a reiteration of the appeal from October. They are a response to the leagues’ arguments that an appeal is not necessary in the case.

New Jersey continues to argue that PASPA violates the idea of “states’ rights” in the constitution, by not allowing it to repeal its own laws.

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