New Jersey Sports Betting Bid Rejected by Supreme Court

New Jersey lost its bid to legalize sports gambling, as the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Governor Chris Christie.

The justices today left intact a federal appeals court ruling that said New Jersey’s measure violated a 1992 federal law aimed at stopping the spread of state-sponsored sports gambling.

The New Jersey law would have permitted betting on professional and college sports at racetracks and Atlantic City casinos. Supporters said legal sports gambling might have generated as much as $1 billion in bets and as much as $100 million for the state in its first year.

The Obama administration challenged the measure alongside the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.

They pointed to the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which allows widespread sports gambling only in Nevada. Delaware allows more limited sports wagering.

Christie, a Republican, said the federal statute violates his state’s sovereign rights. New Jersey voters approved sports gambling in 2011.

The Supreme Court also rejected related appeals filed by New Jersey lawmakers and a horse-racing trade association.

The cases are Christie v. NCAA, 13-967; New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association v. NCAA, 13-979; and Sweeney v. NCAA, 13-980.

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