Christie betting Supreme Court will take on sports wagering case

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie is betting on New Jersey in the ongoing court battle over legalized sports betting.

A three-judge Third Circuit Court panel ruled 2-1 against New Jersey’s sports betting law on Tuesday, but the administration will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

“I think the odds are good,’’ Christie said Wednesday. He pointed to the one vote in support of New Jersey’s position on the three-judge panel.

“Rarely do you see dissent at the Circuit Court,’’ Christie said.  “And the Supreme Court looks at that (when weighing whether to hear a case.) That makes the court pay attention.”

He said the the lone dissent was based on constitutional – not statutory – grounds, which Christie said helps the state’s cause in petitioning the high court.

Christie betting Supreme Court will take on sports wagering case