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New Jersey Legislature Votes to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports March 17, 2020

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New Jersey Legislature Votes to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports

On Friday, the New Jersey Senate passed a bill to legalize and regulate fantasy that is daily by a 29-6 vote.

New Jersey stands on the brink of regulating DFS but will Chris Christie sign on the dotted line?

The bill will now pass to your desk of Governor Chris Christie, who, having spent the weekend relaxing in the coastline, is needed to sign it into law or veto it.

Christie’s intentions on this one are as yet unclear, but his only utterance that is public DFS, in October 2015, was dismissive.

‘ Are we actually talking about getting the government involved in dream football?’ he asked incredulously. ‘Wait a second. We have $19 trillion in debt, we have people away from work, we now have ISIS and al Qaeda attacking us, and we’re talking about fantasy football? Can we stop?’

‘Enough on fantasy football,’ Christie added. ‘ Let the people play. Whom cares?’

Projections Practical

Besides, as State Senator James Whelan emphasized on Friday, it is a practical bill that is all about customer protections. The state is under no illusions that regulation is a big money-spinner, as many others that have opted to modify the games have fancifully suggested.

‘It’s a consumer protection measure rather than something we’re looking to make a ton of money off of,’ said Whelan, a former mayor of atlantic City. ‘Hopefully the governor will signal this and we’ll manage to keep daily fantasy recreations moving in New Jersey. That (more…)

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