A second attempt to legalize sports betting in New Jersey is under way as state Senator Raymond Lesniak announced his intention to introduce new legislation Wednesday.
“I hope and expect that the second time will be the charm,” Lesniak said.
The first bill had pass through the Senate and reached the governor’s desk, but Chris Christie vetoed the bill in early August.
In addition, New Jersey was faced with a lawsuit by professional and collegiate leagues including the NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL over its attempts to bring legalized sports betting to the casinos and race tracks in 2012.
But recent reports give some hope to the future of sports betting in the state.
ESPN reported that Christie and his advisors are searching for a legal way to establish sports betting in the state.
Christie said the last bill by Lesniak attempted to “sidestep federal law.”
State Sen. Jennifer Beck told reporters, according to US Poker Sites, “[Governor Christie's counsel] have suggested that the language in the bill repealed sections of our gaming regulations and statutes that went beyond what they thought was appropriate and necessary. They also suggested that they think there is another way at this that is likely to be more successful in court.”
And NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Bloomberg that he can see the benefit of expanding sports betting beyond Las Vegas.
"It's inevitable that, if all these states are broke, that there will be legalized sports betting in more states than Nevada," Silver said last week.
Currently Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon are the only states to be exempt from a 1992 federal law that banned amateur and professional sports betting.