Lesniak: Battle for sports wagering will continue

TRENTON – The court ruling that struck down legal sports betting in New Jersey is not the final word, says a key sponsor of the initiative.

“This is a huge disappointment for all of us who continue to believe that New Jersey should have the right to allow sports betting,” Sen. Ray Lesniak said this morning in a release.

“Along with online gaming, sports betting would allow New Jersey to be in the forefront of the modern gaming industry, creating jobs and providing both immediate and long-term economic benefits.”

The latest ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Lesniak said.

In the meantime, the pro-sports betting forces will continue their fight in Washington, D.C.

“I urge the entire New Jersey Congressional delegation to support the federal legislation sponsored by Congressman Frank Pallone and Congressman Frank LoBiondo that would lift the federal ban on sports betting and allow New Jersey to compete fairly with Nevada, where sports betting is allowed,” Lesniak said.

Sports leagues and the NCAA have challenged New Jersey’s efforts to allow sports wagering.

Currently, only four states are allowed to hold sports betting.

Voters OK’d a referendum on such wagering in 2011, but the battle has been tied up in courts since. Lesniak: Battle for sports wagering will continue