Growing support for Senator Raymond Lesniak’s effort to override Governor Chris Christie’s veto of legislation to legalize sports betting in New Jersey may have prompted the GOP administration to flip flop on the issue.
A major casino workers union and the state AFL-CIO endorsed the Union County Democrat’s override campaign on Friday.
Subsequently, the state Attorney General’s Office issued a Sept. 8 opinion directing law enforcement agencies to stop prosecuting casinos and racetracks that engage in sports wagering.
The collapse of Revel Casino revealed a bad bet made by Christie, according to a report in The Washington Post, which may have also encouraged the GOP presidential prospector to reconsider his action to halt progress on the gambling expansion.
After New Jersey voters granted a two to one approval to a sports betting referendum on the 2011 ballot, Lesniak’s bill to allow wagering on sporting events, S-2250, sailed through the Senate with 38 votes and the Assembly, with 69 votes, but Christie vetoed it on August 11.
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