By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Just one after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation legalizing sports wagering in New Jersey, a federal court has stepped in and applied the brakes.
Federal Judge Michael Shipp granted a temporary restraining order, sought by the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA on Monday, stopping Monmouth Park from offering legal wagering on sports games this weekend for being violative of a federal ban and therefore, so they say, inherently harmful.
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of New Jersey’s repeal, reacted with disappointment.
“I am disappointed that the temporary restraining order imposed by a federal court will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept wagers on sporting events this weekend as was planned,” Kyrillos said. “I believe, however, the court will find after a more thorough review that New Jersey’s repeal of prohibitions on sports betting at our racetracks and casinos is compliant with both federal law and the guidance provided in previous federal court rulings.”
More litigation coming up…