In November 2011, a referendum was held in New Jersey regarding the legalisation of sports betting in the state. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the legislation to allow sports betting in New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued the necessary regulations.
However, due to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 which banned sports betting in the majority of states, many of the top sports leagues in the United States filed a federal lawsuit against New Jersey. This prevented New Jersey from issuing sports betting licenses. Nonetheless, the people of New Jersey did not have to wait long and in 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was unconstitutional, meaning New Jersey could move ahead with plans to legalise sports betting in the state.
New Jersey did not waste any time and as you can find here, sports betting in New Jersey is thriving, with plenty of options for the online punter. The removal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act saw sports betting facilities appear at casinos and racetracks across New Jersey. On the 14th of June 2018, the first sports bets were placed during a ceremony held at Monmouth Park’s William Hill Race and Sports Bar. So, as you can see by the dates,