New Jersey state Senator Ray Lesniak
, the primary sponsor of this initiative from the beginning, has responded to today's lawsuit.
“Let the games begin,” said Lesniak of Tuesday’s suit. “From the start, we wanted our day in court to prove that the federal ban on sports wagering is unconstitutional. By moving forward with a law to legalize sports wagering in New Jersey – a law that was approved overwhelmingly by the voting public of New Jersey – we drew a line in the sand and dared the sports organizations to cross it. Their lawsuit today means they’ve played right into our hands, and now they have the burden of defending the constitutionality of an unfair sports wagering ban which gives four states in the country – and off-shore betting operators and organized crime – a monopoly to the detriment of everybody else.
“Frankly, I was wondering when they were going to take the bait,” added Lesniak. “Now we can once and for all put to rest the question of New Jersey’s ability to determine for itself the appropriateness of sports wagering. The sooner we get into court, the sooner our residents will be able to enjoy sports betting at our casinos and racetracks and our state treasury will get the revenues from sports betting now going to Nevada and organized crime betting rings.”
A spokesperson for Governor Christie was also quoted as saying that the governor "stood by" his earlier statement (declaring support for going forward).