Hours after being dealt yet another defeat by a US Federal Court, New Jersey politicians said that they will continue their fight to legalize sportsbetting within the Garden State.
The reaction comes after the 3rd US Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 ruling against New Jersey, who is attempting to legalize the act of sportsbetting. The court's ruling, while technically a defeat, gave some New Jersey politicians a bit of hope moving forward.
"For the first time, a judge has ruled in our favor," said State Senator Raymond Lesniak, New Jersey's chief gambling proponent. "That gives us hope that others ... will allow New Jersey to enjoy the economic benefits of sports betting that are now reserved exclusively for Nevada."
Governor Chris Christie has vowed to carry the case all the way to the US Supreme Court if necessary -- a move that is looking more likely following this latest ruling.
Casino Listings readers will remember that the state of New Jersey overwhelmingly passed a law legalizing sportsbetting in 2012. The move would likely aid the struggling Atlantic City gambling market, which has seen revenues drop for several years in a row. The sportsbetting law was then challenged by the US government and several sports leagues, who claim the law is illegal as it violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a federal law which outlawed sportsbetting in all but a few states.