Fighting the Federal Move to Put Brakes on NJ’s Online Gambling Industry

WNYC | February 20, 2019 | More Issues
Assessing the chances of a court challenge to a Trump administration initiative that could severely damage online gaming in New Jersey

Less than a year ago, advocates for legal sports betting in New Jersey celebrated a major victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. After a lengthy legal fight, the national sports gambling ban was overturned. Together with a 2013 law that legalized online gaming in the state, supporters say things were finally turning around for the state’s previously struggling gambling industry.

But a policy change by the Trump administration could kill the momentum. And in a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says he sees the influence of a major Trump political donor. Things may be about to get litigious.

John Reitmeyer, NJ Spotlight’s budget and public finance reporter, teases out the developing story with David Furst of WNYC’s Weekend Edition. “If I was a betting man, I’d say this is going to court,” Reitmeyer said.

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.