New Jersey Sports Betting Bills Clears Committee, Readying for Floor Vote
June 04, 2018 12:46 PM
by Brett Smiley
The New Jersey state Assembly advanced on Monday a NJ sports betting bill that will legalize sports wagering in the Garden State – at long last.
The first of three proceedings on such bills began in the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, where they celebrated the determination of former New Jersey senator Ray Lesniak, who led the legalization effort against the NCAA and major U.S. professional sports leagues for a decade, leading to a victory in the United States Supreme Court on Monday, May 14.
Eager to pass the bill and get NJ sports betting up and running as soon as possible (and after Delaware begins on Tuesday), Gaming Chairman Ralph Caputo (D-28th District) made it clear to a number of testifying stakeholders that leadership was in agreement about the bill and were looking to move without delay. “I don’t think we’re not going to take any amendments at his point,” he said.
Caputo also heard from various representatives of Major League Baseball, the NBA and PGA Tour as well as former MLB pitcher Al Leiter. Caputo flatly rejected their positions with a sharp tongue. More on this below.
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