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