Chris Christie Says New Jersey Supports Sports Betting
The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has said that he is in favour of allowing states to approve sports betting which could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue.
Christie was a special co-host on the “Boomer and Carton in the Morning” show in New York where he said that it is “ridiculous” that New Jersey cannot legalise sports betting. He also said that his administration is engaged in a court battle which he thinks will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court.
On the show Christie said, “I think New Jersey is going to be victorious ultimately. There is no reason why Las Vegas, the state of Nevada, should have a monopoly on sports gambling.”
Voters in New Jersey cleared the way for sports betting in 2011 when they passed a referendum on the issue. The Legislature then passed a law which allows some bets at Atlantic City casinos and the state’s horse racing tracks.
However, the law is being opposed by the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League as well as the NCAA. They have challenged it in court and claim that legalised sports betting will undermine the integrity of their sports.