NJ Politics Digest: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear NJ Sports Betting Case

The Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

New Jersey’s pursuit of legalized sports gambling heads to the U.S. Supreme Court today, five years after the state was sued by the major professional sports leagues.

The high court is scheduled hear arguments at 10 a.m. over New Jersey’s challenge to a federal ban on sports betting in most states. The 1992 federal law has stymied New Jersey’s efforts to bring sports wagering to its casinos and racetracks.

State officials argue the sports betting ban is unconstitutional because it exceeds the authority of Congress. Big sports leagues, such as the NFL and NCAA, have claimed expanding gambling would damage the integrity of their games. Lower courts have ruled against New Jersey, but a win at the Supreme Court could give Gov. Chris Christie a legacy-defining victory.

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NJ Politics Digest: U.S. Supreme Court to Hear NJ Sports Betting Case