New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shocked the betting world Monday by issuing a directive that allows casinos and horse racing tracks to accept bets on sport.
The move will hopefully aid ailing Atlantic City casinos, which are suffering through an exceptionally rough patch. A quarter of Atlantic City's casinos have shut their doors, with another set to shut its doors effective in the middle of the month.
The directive will allow for gambling at specific locations, although it is expected that the United States' major sports leagues will challenge the decision. That may be an issue without much merit though, as State Senator Ray Lesniak points out:
"Sports Betting Victory At Last! NJ Attorney General, John Hoffman, has issued a directive to law enforcement that prohibitions on Sports Wagering in casinos and at racetracks would no longer be enforced. He also has filed a motion with the US District Court (Judge Shipp) seeking "clarification or modification" of the injunction prohibiting enforcement of the NJ Sports Wagering Law", the Senator wrote.