Governor Christie Will Support Sports Betting If Passed

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie earlier this week indicated that he would respect a referendum that would legalize sports betting in Atlantic City and at New Jersey racetracks if it is passed.

During an appearance in Jersey City, Christie said that he does support the referendum, even though he vetoed a bill earlier this year that would have legalized in state online gambling, even though it had overwhelming support.

At the appearance Christie said:

“Let’s get that economy up from underground. Let’s have the people who benefit from it be the people of the state of New Jersey, not individuals involved in organized crime. With this referendum we have an opportunity that gives the state more solid footing to challenge the federal ban on sports wagering outside of a few select places. "

“If it fails, obviously I won’t have any interest in pursuing it.”

The fact is now gaming is everywhere in many states across the country, so there's no reason why sports gaming in my view should be restricted."