New Jersey hopes there is strength in numbers with four states looking into its fight to legalize sports betting.
According to John Brennan of NorthJersey.com, Virginia, West Virginia, Kansas, and Georgia have all filed “amici curiae briefs” in New Jersey’s sports betting case, “highlighting errors in the District Court’s reasoning and to explain the potential impact of the opinion on the balance between State and federal power”.
In late March, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp denied New Jersey’s claim that the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which prohibits sports betting in all but four grandfathered states, is unconstitutional and a violation of the state’s sovereignty.
The focus of the amici briefs in this case is on Congress and if it forces federal policy on New Jersey, a no-no in the constitution, which protects state sovereignty and puts limits on federal authority. The amici States don’t take a side in the sports betting debate but “agree that the District Court’s reasoning raises serious federalism concerns”.
New Jersey’s sports betting case is currently waiting on the June 26 hearing in the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals.