Christie: NJ Will Start Sports Bets on Its Own

The governor said New Jersey will act on its own to implement sports betting, defying a federal ban

By Wayne Parry
|  Thursday, May 24, 2012  |  Updated 3:47 PM EDT
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Christie: NJ Will Start Sports Bets on Its Own

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Sports betting could be up and running this fall in New Jersey under a plan proposed by Gov. Chris Christie.

The governor, who earlier this year signed a sports betting law, says New Jersey will act on its own to implement sports betting, defying a federal ban on such wagering in all but four states.
 
During a speech Thursday in Atlantic City, Christie said he expects the federal government might try to stop New Jersey from offering sports betting. But he's confident the state will prevail in such a scenario.
 
The U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday afternoon.
 
Sports bets would be taken at Atlantic City casinos and the state's four horse tracks.

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