Christie on sports leagues’ betting lawsuit: ‘Battle is engaged’

TRENTON – In response to the filing of a lawsuit against New Jersey by sports leagues opposed to betting on

TRENTON – In response to the filing of a lawsuit against New Jersey by sports leagues opposed to betting on games, Gov. Chris Christie expressed confidence the state will prevail in court.

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“The voters said they wanted sports gambling in New Jersey,’’ he said in reference to the referendum that passed last year. “We issued regulations to allow for the issuance of licenses, now we’re being sued, the battle is engaged.”

Christie said he had a conference call scheduled for about 5 p.m. with the Attorney General’s office to discuss what the next steps are.  “I think we’re going to win,’’ he said.

“I don’t believe the federal government has the right to decide that only four states can have sports gambling.”

He asked why legal gaming in New Jersey could somehow be considered “more injurious” than illegal gambling that is rampant nationwide?

“Sports leagues have a lot of money, they spend a lot of money supporting members of Congress,” he said, but he expressed confidence that in the end New Jersey will prevail.

Christie on sports leagues’ betting lawsuit: ‘Battle is engaged’