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08-07-2012, 12:42 PM
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Sports betting in New Jersey challenged in lawsuit (UPD: fed appeals ct denies)

The leagues say that a 1992 federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, limits betting on collegiate and professional games to four states: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana. New Jersey was given a chance to become the fifth state, but declined to act during a window it was given in 1993-94.

In January, Gov. Chris Christie signed a law to allow sports betting at New Jersey's 12 casinos and four racetracks. In May, he said he would implement regulations without attempting to overturn the 1992 law. The regulations were published in July and are expected to become effective within the next two months.

Christie and legislative leaders have said they expected litigation challenging their betting plans. A spokesman for Christie had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
Looking for more $$ for state coffers is probably why it was done.

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