Supreme Court declines to hear New Jersey sports betting

STATE — New Jersey lost its bid to legalize sports bettling, as the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Gov. Chris Christie but Sen. Ray Lesniak said he expects to wager on the Giants in September despite the fact that the legal gamble has ended.

“This is a disappointing decision, but our fight is not over,” said Lesniak.

“Today I will introduce legislation repealing the state laws that make sports betting illegal at our casinos and racetracks,” said Lesniak. “I expect that the U.S. Justice Department will refrain from intervening, as they have with Colorado and Washington when those states legalized marijuana.”

“I plan on placing my first bet at Monmouth Racetrack on September 8th for the Giants to beat the spread against the Lions on Monday Night Football,” said Lesniak.

The nation’s top court on Monday left in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, rebuffing an attempt to bring betting on professional and college sporting events to Atlantic City casinos and the state’s racetracks.

The justices did not comment in refusing to review lower court rulings that struck down New Jersey’s sports betting law because it conflicts with a federal law that allows state-sanctioned sports gambling only in Nevada and three other states.

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