After New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that sports betting is now a go in the state, Senator Ray Lesniak has now announced he will be introducing new legislation in regards to sports betting. The New Jersey State Senator wants to ensure that any language of current legislation that could prohibit the state from offering sports wagering is ‘explicitly abolished’.
Lesniak has been down this road before, having created legislation for sports betting only to have the bill vetoed by Chris Christie. Now, he wants to make sure that nothing can stand in the way of the state being able to offer such activity. According to Calvinayre.com, Lesniak wants to create the legislation so that any lingering text in legislation that could prohibit the action is eliminated.
On Monday, John Hoffman, the NJ State Attorney General, released a directive that stated the 2012 legislation that Christie signed would allow sports betting to take place thanks to the repealing of prohibitions against sports betting in the state, if the betting was allowed at a gaming facility or track. US District Judge Michael Shipp is set to review the information and make sure that legalities are in order based on the 1992 PASPA Federal Sports Betting Prohibition in early October.
With the new bill, Lesniak wants to ensure that any legislation language that would prevent sports betting is abolished. With new legislation, Hoffman’s motion would have more authority and the new bill would help the motion withstand any challenge that comes their way. The State Senator believes the new bill will be signed by Christie this time and he expects to have the legislation on the desk of the governor for signing by September’s end. By doing so, the new bill would help the motion of Hoffman just in time for the review by US District Judge Michael Shipp.
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