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New Jersey Has Spent Millions To Legalize Sportsbetting

A report published by the Associated Press earlier this weekend has revealed that the state of New Jersey has spent $2.8 million in taxpayer funds to help fight for and implement legalized sports betting within its borders.

New Jersey voted to legalize sportsbetting within their state borders, but has been sued by major sports leagues in America, as well as the federal government, both of whom claim the law violates existing federal law. The money spent was accounted from the months August 2012- August 2013 and includes the costs of litigating the law, which is currently waiting to be heard in the US Supreme Court.

The report explains that the cost of the case is likely to jump higher, noting: "The total amount to be borne by taxpayers will be higher when other attorneys' fees are added; for example, former Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and former Senate President Steve Sweeney became part of the case in November 2012, but information on their fees was not available from the attorney general's office."