New Jersey has been trying to legalize sports betting but has met fierce resistance from sports leagues and current federal laws which it hoped to change. In the latest blow to an already battered state, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled two over one against New Jersey. The only one in favour, judge Thomas Vanaskie, mentioned in a statement that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act is a federal law that actually violates federalist ideals. New Jersey state senator Raymond Lesniak offered a hopeful assertion: "For the first time, a judge has ruled in our favour. That gives us hope that others will allow New Jersey to enjoy the economic benefits of sports betting that are now reserved exclusively for Nevada." Last year, state governor Chris Christie signed a law allowing sports wagers in Atlantic City casinos and the state's racetrack but was sued by sports leagues claiming the law would affect the current leagues teams and games by opening the door to corruption and influence. Last March, a federal judge rendered Christie's law void and the state appealed, but last Tuesday the tree-judge panel ruled once more against New Jersey.
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