Weekend Poll: Should There Be legal Sports Betting In New Jersey?

"If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented. Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to prevent it? Yes. But I have every confidence we're going to be successful. We intend to go forward." Governor Christie - May 24

Above is Governor Christie in his bullying, threatening, pugnacious style. It was "deja vu all over again," but we saw it reappear Thursday after his second ill-chosen Supreme Court nominee was rejected ... however I digress. He is willing to disobey federal law regarding sports gambling, but less eager to do so, as vmars pointed out, regarding medical marijuana. Although sports betting is against federal law except in four states, New Jersey residents voted 2-1 last year in favor of it in Atlantic City casinos and four major racetracks. Governor Christie Christie signed legislation in January authorizing this wagering and is about to submit the regulations.

A NYTimes blogger says his chances of success may be slim; the federal government will surely try to stop Christie, and so will the N.F.L. But Christie says he has common sense on his side. His point: gambling is going to happen regardless, so regulate it and take it out of criminal hands. Even with a NJ law permitting sports betting, it is unclear whether the casinos or race tracks will want to invest the sizeable amount of money necessary to implement this gambling in the face of potential lawsuits and federal regulatory action.

Opponents say legalized betting undermines the integrity of games, it will increase gambling addiction, and government should not promote gambling.

What do you think?

Should there be legal sports betting in New Jersey?: Yes or No.

Go below the fold to cast your vote, see the results so far, and add your comment.

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