- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The association that runs Monmouth Park Racetrack filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling last month that rejected New Jersey’s attempt to allow legal sports betting.

The New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association filed the appeal with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

The association is a party in the case, along with the state Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie. Monmouth Park is the only location in the state currently set up for sports gambling, which would be allowed at racetracks and casinos under New Jersey’s law.

The appeals court judges wrote in a 2-1 decision last month that New Jersey’s law would violate a 1992 federal law that restricted sports betting to Nevada, the only state to allow betting on individual games, and three others that had approved limited multigame parlay pools.

Tuesday’s appeal seeks to have the decision reviewed by the full appeals court, a request that likely will be granted since the original decision was split. It noted that neither last month’s decision nor a previous 3rd Circuit decision in an earlier iteration of the case was unanimous.

It also quoted dissenting Judge Julio Fuentes’ comment that the two decisions by the same court are “precisely the opposite” - the first held that New Jersey could repeal laws against sports betting without violating the 1992 law, while the second held that doing so would violate it.

The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA sued in 2012 to stop sports betting in New Jersey, arguing that, in addition to conflicting with federal law, it would damage the integrity of the games and lead to a higher incidence of game-fixing.

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