All four major sports leagues and the NCAA sued New Jersey after it passed the two laws.
In November 2011, New Jersey voters passed a statewide referendum by almost a 2-1 margin in support of legal sports betting throughout the state.
The justices will review a federal appeals court's ruling previous year that the 2014 New Jersey statute permitting sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated a 1992 federal law that prohibits such gambling in all states except Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.
In 2014, the Supreme Court rejected New Jersey's earlier challenge to the federal law. The solicitor general recommended that the Supreme Court not take up the case, but on Tuesday morning, the court announced that it will review New Jersey's challenge as soon as this fall. Nevada is now the only state where single-game wagering is legal. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called for the nationwide legalization and regulation of sports wagering in 2014, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said this year that his league was reconsidering its opposition to sports betting.
New Jersey had asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal of an August 2016 ruling by the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that its law violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.
Confirmation that the court will hear Christie's appeal comes despite officials in the Trump administration previously urging justices not to hear the case. Nevada is the only state that can offer betting on individual games.
The case has lasted almost as long as Christie has been in office.
Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wisconsin had joined New Jersey's effort to have the case heard by the Supreme Court. New Jersey voters passed a non-binding referendum to allow sports betting in 2011. "PASPA is a failed law, and now is the time for all parties, including the sports leagues, to come together and replace it with a regulatory framework that will bring sports betting out of the shadows and into the sunlight, creating well over 100,000 jobs and raising billions in tax revenue".
The groups cited research that showed legalizing sports betting in the USA could support more than 150,000 jobs.
Associated Press writers Wayne Parry in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and David Porter in Newark contributed to this report. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
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