Christie Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Legalize Sports Betting

“Last-ditch” effort after years of attempts.

The Star-Ledger reports:Gov. Chris Christie and the leaders of the state Legislature have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 22-year-old federal law preventing them from legalizing sports betting at New Jersey’s horse racing tracks and Atlantic City casinos. The state’s appeal, filed last week and made public today, is a last-ditch effort by the governor and lawmakers. They have been rebuffed at every turn, losing three times in federal court to the NCAA and the nation’s professional sports leagues, which originally brought the high-profile case.” The sports leagues have until March 17 to respond.

  • David Lupowitz

    Atlantic City should be afforded the same privilege of allowing for legalized sports betting that Las Vegas has been afforded for many years. Las Vegas and Atlantic City are this country’s only two real gambling meccas, so why should Las Vegas have that privilege out west while Atlantic City here in the east gets unfairly denied that privilege. What’s fair is fair. New Jersey is doing all they can to try to keep Atlantic City from dying a slow death due to casino competition from nearby states. Allowing legalized sports betting in Atlantic City may be the only serious remaining option for keeping Atlantic City alive as a successful east coast gambling mecca and resort. The federal government should overturn that 22 year old law to level the playing field. While I have respect for college and pro sports leagues and consider myself a sports junkie I don’t believe they should be a factor in this decision. Everyone needs to take off their blinders and realize that people are going to bet on games whether legally or illegally. Many in this country do it illegally everyday so why not give the people from the east coast who go to Atlantic City to gamble the opportunity to do it legally. This is a no brainer. Governor Chris Christie and the state of New Jersey should never give up this fight.