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Legal Sports Betting in New Jersey

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New Jersey Sports Betting

Current Sports Betting Status: Legal

Is sports betting legal in New Jersey? Yes! Thanks to the work of Governor Chris Christie, sports betting is legal in New Jersey. Helping strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018, Christie enacted a state sports betting law that had been six years in the making. Today, New Jersey sportsbooks are some of the most profitable in the US.

New Jersey Sports Betting Timeline

How did legal sports betting in New Jersey become a reality? Well, after a long battle, it came down to the opinion of nine Supreme Court judges.

2012: The Birth of New Jersey Sports Betting

New Jersey passed its own sports betting bill in 2012, challenging the federal government and sports leagues to oppose. Unsurprisingly, the sports leagues challenged the bill and that set in motion and six-year-long court battle.

2013-2017: The Downswing Years

After several lost battles (and many millions of dollars in legal fees) New Jersey appealed to the US Supreme Court. Gov. Christie maintained that New Jersey sports betting was a matter for local lawmakers and not federal authorities.

Despite invoking the state’s Tenth Amendment rights, two major court cases sided with the sports leagues and PASPA. Eventually, in 2017, the Supreme Court agreed to review Christie’s appeal

2018: New Jersey Sportsbooks Come to Life

In 2018, Supreme Court judges began weighing up the New Jersey vs. PASPA case in its entirety. Taking into account the Tenth Amendment and other mitigating factors, the federal authority eventually ruled that PASPA was unconstitutional.

In delivering the verdict, lawmakers not only opened the door to legal sportsbooks in New Jersey by sports betting across the US as a whole. Indeed, for many, the US betting renaissance is down to the efforts of Christie and Garden State legislators.

After securing victory on May 14, 2018, New Jersey sportsbooks were free to go live. On June 11, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an updated sports betting bill into law. He personally placed the first ever legal sports bet in New Jersey at the Monmouth Park racetrack on June 14.

Where Can I Bet on Sports in New Jersey?

Bet on sports at Borgata Casino. (Image: Wikipedia/Truff Stuff)

For a complete overview of the best legal sportsbooks in the US, check out our state-by-state guide. In New Jersey specifically, there are plenty of live and online sports betting sites for you to choose from. In fact, other than Nevada, the Garden State generates the most sports betting revenue in the US.

What are the best legal sportsbooks in New Jersey?

  • Bally’s Atlantic City
  • Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
  • Golden Nugget Atlantic City
  • Harrah’s
  • Ocean Resort
  • Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Tropicana Casino Resort

Sportsbooks Outside of Atlantic City

  • Freehold Raceway
  • The Meadowlands racetrack
  • Monmouth Park  

What are the top legal online betting sites in New Jersey?

  • 888
  • BetStars
  • Caesars
  • DraftKings
  • FanDuel
  • playMGM
  • playSugarHouse
  • William Hill

New Jersey Sports Betting FAQ

What is the legal sports betting age in New Jersey?

To bet on sports inside New Jersey’s top sportsbooks, you have to at least 21-years-old.

What is the New Jersey sports betting tax rate?

New Jersey online bookmakers are required to pay 13% tax on their net revenue. Live sportsbooks are subject to a 9.75% levy.

Can I bet on sports online in New Jersey?

Yes! Mobile and online sports betting is legal in New Jersey. The Garden State sports betting law includes provisions for online and mobile betting anywhere within its borders. Each property can offer up to three individually branded online sportsbooks.


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