Christie: ‘Not Throwing in the Towel’ on Sports Gambling

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie indicated Thursday that he “was not throwing in the towel” in his bid to legalize sports gambling in his state, despite recent ruling by a federal court defeating the measure.

Just last month, a U.S. district judge in Trenton upheld the 1992 law that banned sports gambling in New Jersey and 45 other states. The NCAA and several of the professional sports leagues had sued to stop New Jersey’s attempt to legalize such gambling.

In an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Christie said that he was appealing that decision, “so if they [the NCAA] think I’ve changed my mind, they’re wrong. I’ll appeal it all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court if I can, and will.”

The next step for Christie and the state of New Jersey is to appeal the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which is in Philadelphia. Should the measure be defeated there, the U.S. Supreme Court would be the last avenue for the case.

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  • Slot

    One of the more absurd laws there is.  When are we going to start looking at discrimination against states in the same way we now look at discrimination against a race or ethnicity?  Same general idea.  

  • James Staples

    ncaa is outta control & needs to be brought down a few notches…

  • Don Reed

    Amusing, to think that the paths of Gov. Christie and Rich Dutrow might intersect in a federal courthouse hallway, some day. 

    Actually, since GC used to be a prosecutor, maybe he can lend a few tips to whomever will be asked to represent the action upholding Dutrow’s suspension.

  • David

    The NCAA is a myth, a group that acts as if it has jurisdiction
    on almost everything, having none and somehow gets away with it.  Fortunately, their time is limited as college
    football and all the money will soon fine them expendable.  U got to love Christie though, the guy is a pragmatist
    willing to hit convention square in the mouth.

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