In a decision released late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton, N.J., issued a permanent injunction barring New Jersey from offering sports betting.
Earlier this month, the legislature approved a different online gambling bill that was vetoed by Christie who called for slight changes to the measure. The changes were adopted and the bill passed by large margins in the state Assembly and Senate on Tuesday.
In a statement that read more like an endorsement than a veto, Christie said he supports online gambling, with some minor changes, including bumping up the tax rate on casinos’ online winnings from 10 percent to 15 percent.
The New Jersey Legislature is expected to send Gov. Chris Christie a bill increasing the minimum wage after the Assembly takes a final technical vote on Monday.
“I think it’s outrageous that these U.S. senators are trying to take away from the state of New Jersey and other states,” New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak told WCBS 880′s Levon Putney.
Gov. Chris Christie called for the leader of the state’s teacher’s union to resign Wednesday, after the union chief said “life’s not always fair” while discussing how poor families can’t afford private schools – and union opposition to vouchers that could help them do so.
Lesniak said he’ll try to get a bill through the Legislature and on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk by next week. The goal is to make New Jersey the national leader in online gambling.
Wanna bet? New Jersey does, but Washington has the final say.
The action comes amid a report that a principal, the school board president, and a supervisor of custodians had enrolled their children in the free or reduced lunch program even though they don’t meet requirements.
Two of New Jersey’s most influential Democrats — including one of Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s harshest critics — survived hard-fought primary election challenges Tuesday.