Nullification: It’s Still A Jersey Thing

December 24th, 2012

I have previously blogged about New Jersey’s efforts to offer sports gambling in state, even though it is in clear violation of federal law.

Now MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA, and the NCAA are suing New Jersey in D.N.J., after a judge found that the leagues have standing to sue.

David Stern, the long-time commissioner of the NBA, and an attorney, was quite pithy in his comments:

“The one thing I’m certain of is New Jersey has no idea what it’s doing and doesn’t care because all it’s interested in is making a buck or two, and they don’t care that it’s at our potential loss,” Stern said when asked how the advent of sports betting in New Jersey would harm the NBA.

“And wholly apart from the fact that a governor, who’s a former U.S. Attorney, has chosen to attack a federal law which causes me pause for completely different reasons since I’ve at times sworn to similar oaths about upholding the law of the United States,”

Yep, Chris Christie is doing his best John C. Calhoun impression.