Governor signs sports wagering legislation

Gov. Chris Christie today signed legislation (S-2460) consistent with recent court rulings removing prohibitions against sports wagering in New Jersey.

“As I’ve said all along, I am a strong proponent of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey,” Christie said. “But given earlier decisions by federal courts, it was critical that we follow a correct and appropriate path to curtail new court challenges and expensive litigation,” Governor Christie said. “I believe we have found that path in this bipartisan legislative effort.”

The bill’s authors applauded the governor’s action.

“This will help clear away the legal obstacles and provide a clear path to finally bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20). “And it couldn’t happen at a more important time. It will be a lifeline to Atlantic City casinos and for the horse racing industry, creating jobs and economic opportunities that will serve the city and the state for years to come. Sports betting is now much closer to a reality in New Jersey.”

The Assembly this week approved the measure 73-4; which the Senate had approved 28-1.

“I am pleased that our legislation removing state prohibitions on sports betting was signed into law so quickly,” said state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13). “Monmouth Park has been preparing for this to happen and is poised to start taking bets in the upcoming days. Sports betting will provide a financial lifeline that will help protect jobs at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City casinos. The legislation was drafted based on guidance from federal courts, and we trust it will stand up to any future challenge.”

Governor signs sports wagering legislation