Legalized sports wagering takes another step forward

TRENTON – Despite not being able to legally bet on football games in New Jersey just yet, the state is

TRENTON – Despite not being able to legally bet on football games in New Jersey just yet, the state is moving forward with its commitment to legalize sports betting by the fall.

The state’s Division of Gaming and Enforcement issued proposed rules Monday for sports wagering in the state. Although it’s likely New Jersey could be challenged by the federal government, which would argue the state doesn’t have the authority to legalize sports betting, officials are forging ahead.

After the proposed regulations were issued the clock started on a 60-day comment period, which will conclude on Aug. 31, said Lisa Spengler, a spokeswoman for the Division of Gaming and Enforcement.

Following the comment period, the state agency will mull any changes to the proposed rules and then decide when to sign off on the regulations.

The agency’s director, David Rebuck, has indicated all could be finalized as soon as early fall, Spengler said.

Gov. Chris Christie has been a staunch advocate of legalized sports betting, saying in recent months that it’s time to “take it from the underground.”

“I am sure I’m going to get sued to try and stop it, but we’ll fight it out in federal court,” Christie told a Piscataway audience during one of his town hall meetings in June.

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