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Lesniak bill would ‘shore up’ AG’s sports betting directive

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak is introducing another sports betting bill.-(AARON HOUSTON)

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), a longtime proponent of bringing sports wagering to New Jersey, plans on introducing a bill next week that would “explicitly abolish” any language in the state law that prohibits bets on sports. He hopes that will reinforce the directive issued Monday by acting state Attorney General John Hoffman…Lesniak had previously sponsored a similar bill this summer that was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie. This time around, he said, he expects support from both the Legislature and the governor.

“I do believe there is bipartisan support for this,” Lesniak added.

He said Wednesday that the legislation doesn’t contradict anything in Hoffman’s directive, but would rather help “shore up” the state’s case.

“My concern is that the attorney general will lose his motion in court without this legislation,” Lesniak said.

Earlier in the year, speaking at the East Coast Gaming Congress, Lesniak told attendees to book their room in Atlantic City for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in March because sports betting was a lock.

Lesniak stands by that now, adding that March Madness isn’t all that people should be thinking about.

“I think people need to book their rooms for the Super Bowl now,” Lesniak said.

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