Jake Banks | 16 Apr 2018

New Jersey spent over $7 million to legalize sports betting in the USThe US State of New Jersey is putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak. According to online newspaper reports, New Jersey has racked up a bill of more than $7.2million in legal costs in its quest to formally legalize sports betting in the United States.

US-based the Observer reportedly obtained the figures after having filed a request for information with the New Jersey Division of Law. The information that was released to the Observer also includes details about the state’s legal representation and council, including legal firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher as well as Gibbons P.C.

According to the reports, the state forked out in excess of $5.6million in favor of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher for representing former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who stood on behalf of the state during the period October 2012 to August 2017.

Gibbons P.C. too, has invoiced the state to the tune of $1.5million for legal representation fees for the months running from December 2012 to February 2018. Gibbons P.C. has reportedly also issued invoices directly to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for similar work performed. These invoices total to $77,000.

Uncertain Times

The panic at the disco is all thanks to the announcement made by the United States Supreme Court Justices that it is their intention to review and possibly rescind an earlier decision passed by a Philadelphia-based 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals concerning the 2014 ruling that enforced the statute allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks. According to the US Supreme Court Justices who are reviewing the decision, permitting sports betting at casinos and racetracks is in direct violation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA).

Sooner Is Better

The State of New Jersey is standing by its contention that PASPA contravenes the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution by infringing on the various states’ rights to impose laws. Initially, it seemed as if the argument was received well by various Justices and that the state would be able to get back to its betting business in no time. Now, 4 months down the line, it seems to be a different story altogether as no decision has been made as of yet.

With the costs of legal representation ever climbing, a decision sooner rather than later would certainly be beneficial to all involved.