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Lesniak Encouraged By Dissenting Opinion in Sports Wagering Case

Senator Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union) testifies on the Senate floor regarding S-1, legislation that would establish marriage equality in New Jersey. The bill is sponsored by Senator Lesniak along with Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Senate President Stephen P. Sweeney (D-Salem, Cumberland, Gloucester). The bill was approved by the full Senate with a vote of 24-16.

Trenton – Senator Raymond Lesniak on Tuesday said New Jersey’s chances to bring legal sports wagering to the Garden State remain viable, despite a majority ruling against the state’s sports betting law by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Senator Lesniak is the prime sponsor of the law (S-2460) that would effectively allow sports betting at New Jersey casinos and racetracks.

“In his dissent, Judge Fuentes acknowledged my legislation does not violate federal law against sports betting.  We will use that as a basis to ask the entire Third Circuit to reconsider the panel’s majority opinion.”

The Senator expects the New Jersey Racing Association to file an appeal, and anticipates that the Senate will join in that effort.

“Even the analysis from the court admits, PASPA is criticized for allowing illegal gambling to flourish and stifling vital economic growth at our racetracks and casinos.  New Jersey residents should have the right to engage in legal sports wagering if they choose to.”