The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided to review New Jersey's bid to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks.
The move was announced today by Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), who has been a supporter of allowing sports betting in the state in places such as Monmouth Park in Oceanport.
"I applaud the Supreme Court for taking on this case and potentially resolving a long history of hypocrisy and unfairness in federal law," Pallone said. "The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sports betting and acted in a referendum to show that support. Both Congress and the Supreme Court should respect these actions. Rather than continuing to allow criminal and offshore entities to reap the benefits of illegal gaming, there is now an opportunity for the Supreme Court to allow the democratic process in New Jersey to appropriately regulate sports gaming."
New Jersey voters passed a state law during a November, 2011 referendum which would permit sports betting in the state, however, the NFL and other professional sports leagues sued to block to law from going into effect. The case had made its way through the court system and New Jersey has been unsuccessful on each level.
The Supreme Court could possibly hear the case as early as late September and if the state is successful and the court decides that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a federal law which limits sports gambling to Nevada, is unconstitutional, any state could decide to legalize sports betting.
Monmouth Park in Oceanport would be one of the biggest winners if the bill was eventually adopted as it would add a new revenue stream the racetrack desperately needs.