NJ Politics Digest: Christie Blasts Pro-Leagues Over Sports Betting

Chris Christie

In an interview for an HBO show, Gov. Chris Christie called professional sports leagues hypocrites for opposing sports betting in New Jersey while allowing teams to move to Las Vegas, where sports gambling is legal.

“The hypocrisy is just so overwhelming,” Christie said in a Tuesday episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. “They say because we have the Giants and the Jets and the Devils, that somehow we shouldn’t be allowed to have gambling here because somehow it will threaten the integrity of the game. Well, ya kidding? How isn’t it threatening the integrity of the game in Las Vegas for the NHL and the NFL?”

Christie has long fought for legal sports betting as a way to boost state revenues and help New Jersey’s diminished casino and horse racing industries, but a federal ban has blocked the state’s efforts for five years. The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in New Jersey’s sports betting case in December.

In other news, Bill Clinton campaigned for Phil Murphy and urged Democrats to get to the polls on Election Day. Clinton suggested Murphy’s gubernatorial rival, Republican Kim Guadagno, is taking a far-right stance on illegal immigration to motivate the most conservative GOP voters and pull off an upset victory.

And State Attorney General Chris Porrino is suing Mahwah Township and its council, claiming the Bergen County town tried to keep out-of-state Orthodox Jews from moving in by passing two discriminatory ordinances.

Quote of the Day: “How in the world do we keep winning the popular vote in the presidential election and have 30 or more governors from the other party?” — Bill Clinton on Republicans holding a majority of state governorships.

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NJ Politics Digest: Christie Blasts Pro-Leagues Over Sports Betting