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SBOANJ Challenges Federal Law

Published: March 23, 2009 3:06 pm ET

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According to an article on, a group of plaintiffs led by New Jersey state senator Raymond J. Lesniak has filed a challenge to a 17-year-old federal law which restricts sports gambling in the state.

“How can the people of the state of New Jersey not have the right to do what the people of Nevada can do?” Lesniak was quoted as saying at a news conference this morning. “This law is unconstitutional as applied.”

The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey is part of the group of plaintiffs. United States attorney general Eric H. Holder, Jr., U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr., and an unnamed “number of professional and amateur sports organizations” are named as defendants in the challenge.

The development is believed to be the first challenge to the 1992 law, and it comes a week after Delaware governor Jack Markell, in his budget address, proposed instituting a limited form of sports betting known as 'parlay cards' in his state.

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