New Jersey State Gambling
New Jersey offers one form of online gambling. Online horse betting is legal in New Jersey. New Jersey was the first state to pass legalized, intra state online poker. Governor Christie vetoed the online poker bill stating that he felt it violated the state’s constitution. The New Jersey State Constitution states that all gambling must take place in Atlantic City. He did not feel that simply hosting the servers in Atlantic City was sufficient to satisfy that requirement. He asked that residents first vote to change the state constitution if they would like New Jersey online poker. There are several forms of legalized brick and mortar gambling in New Jersey. There is horse racing, a state lottery, and Atlantic City casinos.
New Jersey Online Gambling Bill
In January 2011, the New Jersey Legislature passed an online gambling. It was vetoed by Governor Christie as he believed the bill violated the state constitution.
The New Jersey legislature passed an online gambling bill that would legalize online poker and online casino games in December 2012. Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the bill in February 2013 but left all of the online gambling parts of the bill intact. The legislature passed the governor’s changes on February 26, 2013 and Governor Christie signed the bill into law the same day. The law allows for online poker and casino games that are allowed in Atlantic City. Online gambling in New Jersey is not expected to go live until at least 2014.
New Jersey Fantasy Sports Action
Effective April 22, 2013, New Jersey allows Atlantic City casinos to offer wagers on fantasy sports. The state does not call the action gaming or gambling, nor do they tax the fees charged by the casinos.
New Jersey Horse Racing
There are four horse tracks in New Jersey. They are Atlantic City in Mays Landing, Meadowlands in East Rutherford, Monmouth Park in Ocean Port and Freehold Racing in Freehold. In addition to wagering on live races, players can bet on off track simulcast races, place bets over the phone, and place bets over the internet.
New Jersey State Lottery
New Jersey’s State Lottery was approved by 81.5% of voters in 1969. The first ticket was sold on December 16, 1970. New Jersey’s lottery offers players scratch off cards as well as Lotto drawing tickets. New Jersey joins multi state drawings such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
Atlantic City Casinos
New Jersey voters approved casinos in New Jersey in 1976. Casinos are only allowed in Atlantic City as required by the state constitution. There are 12 casinos in Atlantic City with a 13th under construction. Atlantic City casinos are allowed to offer virtually any type of casino game. This includes slot machines, video poker, live poker and table games. Table games include Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride and virtually any other game that is played in major casinos.
New Jersey Sports Gambling
On November 8, 2011, New Jersey voters gave their approval for the New Jersey State Legislature to pass sports gambling legislation. While the vote was non-binding, a bill was passed by the legislature and Governor Christie signed the bill into law. The bill would allow Atlantic City casinos as well as horse tracks the ability to build sportsbooks and sell sports betting tickets. There are several issues that must be settled before New Jersey can legally offer sports betting to its citizens.
The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, also known as the Bradley Act, only allows the states of Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware to offer sports gambling. New Jersey was given one year from the date the law went into effect to legalize sports gambling but the state failed to do that. The Bradley Act puts the state in the position of having to challenge the constitutionality of the Bradley Act, which ironically is named after long time New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley who was a major supporter of the law.
Sports leagues from around the U.S. have challenged New Jersey in court much like they did to Delaware when that state tried to add sports betting. The leagues claim that New Jersey sports betting would violate the Bradley Act. What makes New Jersey unique is that they are the home of three professional sports teams and will host the Super Bowl at The Meadowlands in 2014. Pro sports leagues have always been against using their games as a gambling device. In addition, New Jersey has proposed allowing wagers on college sports, so this got the NCAA involved too. The federal government also joined the lawsuit against the state on January 21, 2013. If New Jersey ever gets sports gambling, it will be through long legal battles that may take years.
New Jersey Bingo
Charities in New Jersey are allowed to offer bingo to help generate revenue.