The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to leave in place a ban on sports gambling in New Jersey, declining to hear the state’s appeal of lower-court rulings preventing it from bringing betting to casinos and racetracks.
The state and Gov. Chris Christie had lost three times in federal court.
“Yeah, you know, I’m not going to go to the galactic Supreme Court and appeal to them,” Christie joked during a press conference last December (via NJ.com). “Pretty much, a federal question ends at the United States Supreme Court.”
The justices let stand without comment lower-court rulings that struck down the sports betting law because it conflicts with a federal law that allows state-sanctioned sports gambling only in Nevada and three other states.
The NCAA and pro sports leagues had claimed that legalizing gambling in New Jersey would irreparably harm competition.