A few days ago the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made an offer to the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, to come together and direct their attention to sports betting on a federal level.
Silver called for Christie to work together and come up with a framework for sports betting on a federal level that Congress could consider. Christie took a few days to reply publicly and decided to make his feelings known in a live interview, claiming that Silver is using a ‘bait and switch’ tactic with his most recent remarks.
Christie stated that he thinks the move by Silver is a bit crazy, asking Christie to join a movement to legalize sports betting on a federal level when at the same time, Silver has tried to stop Christie from legalizing sports betting in NJ.
For years, the National Basketball Association along with the National Football League, Major League Baseball and National Hockey League have joined together to block any legalized sports betting legislation in the state of New Jersey. Lawsuits have been filed against lawmakers, including Christie to try and stop any advancement of sports betting legislation within the state.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, the governor has stated the tactic is kind of crazy how Silver can say ‘Join me governor, let’s have legalized sports gaming everywhere. But not in New Jersey right now.’ Christie rejected the request of Silver, stating that if he believes sports gaming is OK then allow sports gaming in New Jersey, allowing the state to be the model for the nation.
After Christie made his comments just a few days ago, Silver commented in an additional interview that he is happy to join Christie and wants the governor to help come up with a framework that makes sense on a national level that would allow states to opt in.
Currently the state of New Jersey cannot offer sports betting due to a federal judge having barred the state from introducing the option, claiming it violates current federal law.
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