Christie Seeks Closure of Sports Betting Dispute from Highest Court

atlantic city gamblingAfter failing in a third attempt to have New Jersey’s sports betting law recognized as legal by contesting the constitutionality of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), Gov. Chris Christie is all set to bring the case to the U.S. Supreme Court (SC). The governor believes that the highest court of the land is actually the place where the case belongs.

Democratic State Sen. Raymond Lesniak is optimistic that bringing the matter to the Supreme Court will give their position excellent possibilities. The Senator from Union draws his optimism from the landmark decision handed down by the SC in June 2013, in which Chief Justice John G. Roberts declared Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. The passage required states and local governments to seek approval before changing their voting laws.

Although the Senator referred to a case pertaining to election laws, here, the Chief Justice and four other justices recognized the fact that “nearly 50 years later, things have changed dramatically.” To which the Chief Justice wrote, “The formulas singling out one state from another for different treatment, which once “made sense,” have lost their relevance.”

Five of the nine Supreme Court justices also agreed that the laws leave “Congress the opportunity to draft new rules — based on current conditions”. The Supreme Court concluded its decision regarding the unconstitutionality of Sec. 4 of the Voting Rights Act by stating “Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”

Gov. Christie, the State legislators and the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association of NJ have until the middle of February to file their motion for an appeal. All three are keeping their hopes high that the Supreme Court will give the matter serious considerations.