Department of Justice Aims to Stop New Jersey Sports Betting
Last week the US Department of Justice filed notice that it is joining a lawsuit by the major sports leagues to prevent New Jersey from allowing sports gambling.
The filing was expected as last month a federal judge declined New Jersey’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
The state had argued that the leagues couldn’t prove that sports betting would harm them as they are all successful despite the legality of sports betting in Nevada.
The focus will now be put on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, this is a statue that prohibits sports gambling in all but four states, Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware. New Jersey’s attorneys are claiming that the law usurps the state legislatures’ authorities and treats the states unequally.
In response the leagues’ attorneys have called the constitutional challenge “specious” and are arguing that the Constitution’s commerce clause doesn’t require uniformity in its application to different states.
Lawyers for the DoJ have asked US District Judge Michael Shipp to give them until the end of the week to file responses to the state’s constitutional challenges.