New Jersey Sports Betting Deadline Looms

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Aug 15, 2014

Will Governor Chris Christie sign Lesniak bill into law Monday?

New Jersey governor Chris Christie continues to keep everyone guessing on whether he will sign an intrastate sports betting law overwhelmingly approved by the state legislature some weeks back.

The contentious bill, crafted by Sen. Ray Lesniak after the US Supreme Court declined to hear the state's case on earlier legislation and litigation (see previous InfoPowa reports) has been with the governor for signing into law, and the deadline for his signature is August 11 (Monday).

The new legislation exploits arguments used against the state by national sports leagues and the Department of Justice in earlier litigation, and seeks to circumvent the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (which restricts sports betting to just four US states) by simply not implementing its provisions.

Many interested parties are watching Christie's next move closely, with some threatening to launch legal actions if New Jersey casinos and racetracks start taking sports bets in terms of the new bill.

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Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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