Sports betting laws relaxed in New Jersey

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The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Monday issued an Attorney General's Directive through Acting Attorney General John Hoffman allowing sports wagering, without fear of criminal or civil liability, at New Jersey racetracks and casinos. ... i?id=46437
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My memory isn't what it used to be, but I thought I remembered at least one post about this case. There may have been discussion in a more recent thread, but I got tired of trying different search terms which didn't produce.

Looks like we're heading into the stretch. This could be very significant for horse racing beyond New Jersey. The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision some time in the spring, according to the articles I've read.

SCOTUS Appears Ready to Rule In Favor of NJ Sports Betting
When the Supreme Court of the United States hears oral arguments in a case it is always a guessing game as to what the court’s final decision will be, but legal scholars can often accurately predict the outcome based on the questions the justices ask during the arguments. And virtually every expert who weighed in on the subject yesterday was predicting that New Jersey would prevail in its attempts to legalize sports betting at the state’s racetracks and casinos.

Agreeing that the tenor of the questions seemed to suggest a majority of justices will vote in favor of New Jersey, Dennis Drazin, an attorney, who heads the management group that runs Monmouth Park, said: “That feeling is based upon the questions from the court and the clear understanding I have based upon all of the law in the case and the arguments we made. I have lived this case now for five years and understand clearly what all the questions meant. It seems to me that the majority of the justices are in our favor. I’m cautiously optimistic, but I do think New Jersey will prevail when the court issues its decision.”

The Associated Press’s coverage of the day’s event was topped by a headline that read: “Court suggests it may side with NJ in sports betting case.”

Writing for the website of the Cato Institute, a self-described think tank devoted to the principles of individual liberty and limited government, Ilya Shapiro wrote: “It’s never smart to bet on the outcome of Supreme Court cases, but if I had to wager on the big federalism case disguised as a dispute over sports books, I’d double-down on New Jersey in its fight against professional sports and the U.S. government. In Christie v. NCAA, argued this morning, I’ll give decent odds that the state will prevail on its claim that the federal law that prevents states from legalizing sports-betting is unconstitutional because it ‘commandeers’ state officials to enforce federal policy. By my best count, the vote should be 6-3, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan in dissent.” ... s-betting/
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