Chris Christie Vows to Appeal to Supreme Court Over Sports Betting

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is vowing to press his state's sports betting law to the Supreme Court after the law was shot down by another federal appeals court.

Christie told the Boomer and Carton show on Wednesday that he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court, challenging the whether the law is constitutional or not. Various appeals courts have ruled that New Jersey's sports betting bill violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which makes sportsbetting illegal in all but a handful of states. Christie contends that PASPA is unconstitutional as it gives certain states rights that others aren't entitled to.

It appears that the appeal could be a longshot, but if the case is picked up, it will be interesting to see how the justices rule.

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18 August 2016 - 8:19pm
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Obviously there is fierce resistance against sportsbetting being legalized not only in NJ but in most of the US states. But I think it's just matter of time before the breakthrough would be made and sportsbetting being legalized, at least in NJ though.

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19 August 2016 - 11:33pm
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The problem here is that it might swing in either way, depending on how it's handled: they may press to make it illegal in all states (which I doubt), or legalize it in more if not all. Sports betting does pave the way to fixed games, however, and that is something disastrous that might happen more in the future.

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The problem here is that it might swing in either way, depending on how it's handled: they may press to make it illegal in all states (which I doubt), or legalize it in more if not all. Sports betting does pave the way to fixed games, however, and that is something disastrous that might happen more in the future.

Yeah I think there's always be a few states where gambling will be legal but I think US authorities have to decide if they want to legalize it generally. The problem with match fixing is always actual but it's not secret for anybody that many people in US calling their bookies despite it's illegal 😉

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21 August 2016 - 11:44pm
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Yeah I think there's always be a few states where gambling will be legal but I think US authorities have to decide if they want to legalize it generally. The problem with match fixing is always actual but it's not secret for anybody that many people in US calling their bookies despite it's illegal 😉

This situation could be similar to the legalization of recreational drugs (that are otherwise illegal) like marijuana. I won't voice my opinion on that, but potentially the results of this case could be used for debates in those topics.

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23 August 2016 - 10:36pm
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As far as I know you could buy drugs in US a lot easier than placing a bet on a sports game 😉
And according to me these things don't even have to be compared, no doubt which one have to be more frightening so wouldn’t call the US system exactly perfect.

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As far as I know you could buy drugs in US a lot easier than placing a bet on a sports game 😉
And according to me these things don't even have to be compared, no doubt which one have to be more frightening so wouldn’t call the US system exactly perfect.

I agree with you here, for me it's interesting to read how gambling is so illegal in US so I am looking forward for this story's continue.