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On Monday, New Jersey’s plan to implement sports betting will take another step, albeit a small and procedural one.
Sixty days of public comment on the sports-betting proposal will officially begin on Monday, Michael Drewniak, press secretary for New Jersey governor Chris Christie, said Thursday. The public will have until Aug. 31 to comment on the proposal.
After the comment period, the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement can officially implement the sports-betting regulations, Drewniak said.
“Thus, the formal regulatory scheme for sports wagering will not be in effect until the fall,” Drewniak said in an email to Pro Football Weekly.
Drewniak said there has been no federal legal challenge yet to New Jersey’s proposal, “but that is probably because no actual wagers on sports events have taken place yet,” he said.
In January, Christie signed legislation permitting sports betting as long as federal law was changed to allow New Jersey to take the wagers. However, in May, he indicated the state would go through with sports betting whether it received federal permission or not.
Only four states have exceptions from a 1992 federal law forbidding sports betting — Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana — and only Nevada offers single-game and parlay wagers.
Delaware began taking parlay wagers in 2009, but a plan to take single-game bets was successfully turned back in court by the NFL and other professional sports leagues.