NJ horsemen may join sports betting lawsuit

by | 08.21.2012 | 11:37am

The operators of Monmouth Park may join the state of New Jersey in the legal battle over legalizing sports betting, according to a report in the Atlanticville.

Dennis Drazin, a consultant to the NJ Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, the group that runs Monmouth Park, said in an interview with the Atlanticville that the horsemen may join the defense in the lawsuit brought by major professional and college sports organizations over the new state law that legalizes sports betting.

In January, Gov. Chris Christie signed a law that allowed sports wagering at casinos and racetracks. Earlier this month, an injunction was filed in Federal District Court in Trenton by the NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, saying that the state had violated the federal Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which bans wagering on sports events.

Christie is named as a defendant along with David Rebuck, director of the N.J. Division of Gaming Enforcement and assistant attorney general, and Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the N.J. Racing Commission.

“Everybody certainly understood that there was probably going to be a legal challenge to our ability to move forward, so the sooner the better [the suit] got filed,” Drazin said.

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