August 19, 2012 -
New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak wants casinos and racetracks to get off the sidelines and into the battle to offer sports wagering, according to a story on NJBIZ.com.
The New Jersey legislature has passed — and Gov. Chris Christie has signed — legislation approving sports betting at casinos and racetracks even though a federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, appears to prohibit such wagering.
While some New Jersey politicians have announced their intention to move forward this year, the very places that would have to take the bets are more than a little reluctant with the National Football League and other sports leagues filing a lawsuit seeking block New Jersey’s plans.
Lesniak, one of the chief proponents of legalized sports wagering in New Jersey, reportedly contends that the casinos and tracks are getting bad legal advice.
So far, among the few casino or track owners that seems eager to get going is Dennis Drazin, head of the folks who run Monmouth Park.