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The Battle that Legalized Sports Betting and the Impact on New Jersey’s Economy

February 4, 2020

The road to legalization of sports betting in New Jersey was quite a bumpy ride. It wasn’t something that happened through the normal legislative process. Rather it was the result of a David versus Goliath legal and political battle that was waged by former New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak for more than a decade. He talks to us about that battle and the economic impact sports betting has had on New Jersey.

Jeffrey  Kaszerman

Jeffrey Kaszerman

Jeff Kaszerman is the vice president of government relations for New Jersey Society of CPAs. He works with the CEO and board of trustees to create and implement advocacy initiatives that protect and promote the interests of the CPA profession, the business community and the public.

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Raymond J. Lesniak

Raymond J. Lesniak

Raymond J. Lesniak is a Democratic politician who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1983 to 2018, where he represented the 20th Legislative District. Before entering the New Jersey Senate, he served in the General Assembly from 1978 to 1983. Senator Lesniak is the founder and president of the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership at Kean University and has authored several books.