Christie encouraged court reviewing betting case

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The US Supreme Court has confirmed that it will conduct a review of a previous court decision which, if rejected, could pave the way for the legalisation of sports gambling at New Jersey's casinos and racetracks.

The US Supreme Court granted the state's petition in its ongoing effort to legalize sports wagering within its borders on Tuesday morning.

Christie and his allies say the law would reinvigorate the state's flagging gambling industry and generate as much as $1 billion in bets in the first year alone. The casino industry, after a period of job losses and closings, has lately been doing better.

The nation's high court on Monday let stand a ruling against the government in the combined cases of two men blocked from gun possession after run-ins that resulted in convictions for non-serious crimes.

The state has twice passed laws attempting to legalize sports betting, but those efforts have been turned back in federal court multiple times.

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case involving a Christian baker who denied a wedding cake to a Colorado couple because they were gay. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called for the nationwide legalization and regulation of sports wagering in 2014, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said this year that his league was reconsidering its opposition to sports betting.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday announced it will consider New Jersey's appeal to allow sports betting within its borders.

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At issue is a 1992 law that banned sports betting in all but four states, Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. The court will likely hear the case in the fall.

The cases are Christie v. NCAA, 16-476, and New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association v. NCAA, 16-477.

"The Court's decision to deny certiorari in this case reflects a distressing trend: the treatment of the Second Amendment as a disfavored right", wrote Justice Thomas, joined by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch in his dissent.

"Rather than continuing to allow criminal and offshore entities to reap the benefits of illegal gaming, there is now an opportunity for the Supreme Court to allow the democratic process in New Jersey to appropriately regulate sports gaming", Pallone said in a statement. "I have long argued that legal sports betting will have a significant and positive impact on South Jersey, bringing tourism and tax revenue to the state and reinvigorating Atlantic City".

The NFL remains publicly opposed to legalized sports betting, but league owners recently approved the Oakland Raiders' proposed relocation to Las Vegas, one of the few venues that now allows for legal sports betting. It would also open the door to other states passing such legislation.

New Jersey has been fighting a federal law - PASPA - that prohibits single-game wagering. "Both Congress and the Supreme Court should respect these actions".

According to the Associated Press, more than $150 billion is illegally wagered on sports annually.

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