08/12/2014 9:30AM

Christie vetoes sports betting bill


Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has vetoed a bill that would have allowed sports betting at the state’s racetracks and casinos, citing a federal ruling that has already deemed the practice illegal in the state.

The veto strikes down a bill that legislators crafted to work around the federal ruling that prevented a similar law from going into effect, calling it a violation of a 1978 federal ban on sports betting. Casinos and tracks had pushed for the latest law.

“Ignoring federal law, rather than working to reform federal standards, is counter to our democratic traditions and inconsistent with the Constitutional values I have sworn to defend and protect,” Christie wrote in explaining his veto.

New Jersey’s legislature passed the law in June shortly after the Supreme Court said it would not consider the state’s appeal of the earlier ruling.

Bob More than 1 year ago
There goes all that tax and revenue money NJ could have made. Bad move Christie
Chuck Seddio More than 1 year ago
great, christie ruined any chance that a buyer would bid on the revel. i live here and after the summer it is dead here. march madness,is non-existent here, nfl sundays are dead except for the few sports bars. super bowl sunday mildly appreciated. sports betting in ac will revive it and quite possibly save the revel. the next nail in the coffin is when christie gives the go ahead for a casino in the meadowlands. if this happens new york gamblers,those who are keeping this place alive, will not bother to travel the 130 miles to come here.
Joan More than 1 year ago
Hey Jersey, now you too can live the betting life of a Texan. Glad these politicians know what is best for everyone.
C.Richard Waller More than 1 year ago
Christie is not interested in helping the horsemen in NJ. He placed his bet on Revel. You see how that turned out. R.evel is going out of business this September. Christie does not want Monmouth Park to succeed so his real estate buddy Hansen can swoop in and develop the property. Christie is no good for NJ. No good for this country. He's just plain no good.
Bruce Alexander More than 1 year ago
Christie initiated the sports betting legislation as a cash cow for the state he governs ,now that he has his vision set on the presidency he turned coat on the state he represents. He is about as two faced as any politician and has devastated the racing and casino industry in New Jersey. Anybody that is against sports betting being kegal anywhere is supportive of illegal activities, because it is going to be done anyhow.
Adam Strominger More than 1 year ago
what a travesty
jerome More than 1 year ago
its ok to eat unlimited amounts of donuts as you can see by looking at chris but heaven forbid making a dreaded sports bet!!! im just glad im in Canada where we can bet on sports everyday and not have to worry about being shot while doing so!!! im sure your stupid forefathers didn't like sports back in the 18th century but they sure liked guns and killing people with them!!!
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. The fact that we had guns kept the Japanese from invading in 1941. If you guys weren't geographically next to us, the possibility of Canada being invaded would have been probable. When Hitler took power, only Nazi Party members could own guns. Think about this the next time you want to poke at our 2nd amendment Dill Weed.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
This is an example of Freedom in America. The entire world allows sports betting but us. Be nice if a William Hill was next to the 7-11. Example: Bayern Munich was a great bet last year in the Bundesliga. BUT YOU CAN'T BET IT HERE.. I did it via my son's account in KOREA he opened while he worked there. Delaware Park has NFL bets but you have to bet parlays. NFL parlay betting is very difficult I think so I bet soccer .