by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WASHINGTON, DC - This morning the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state of New Jersey by agreeing that the federal "Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992" is unconstitutional. Justices in the lankmark case ruled 7-2 that Nevada, which holds lock over a $5 Billion sports gambling industry, cannot block other states from having Legalized Sports Gambling.
US Justice Samuel Alito, a former West Caldwell resident, wrote the Court's opinion on the case. It can be found online here.
The two dissenting votes were cast by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.
New Jersey voters approved legalized sports betting in 2011 and Governor Chris Christie signed an amendment allowing it to go through in 2012. Federal Courts then overturned the law.
In 2014, Christie signed a new law which permitted sports betting at tracks and casinos only; the Federal Courts again overturned the law.
Attorneys have argued that one of the effects of banning states from the sports betting industry is that the $150 billion of revenue has all gone underground to the unregulated internet.
In June 2017, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. After today's win for New Jersey, it is believed that many states will now explore legalizing sports betting.