Gov. Chris Christie To Take Sports Betting Appeal To Supreme Court
The tenacity of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in his attempts to advance legal sports betting in the Garden State is certainly noteworthy. Over the last few years we have covered the legal battles and in the debate over legalizing sports betting in New Jersey and it isn’t over till the fat man sings.
Only two days after the U.S. Third Circuit of Appeals rejected the sports betting law, Christie said in an interview with WFAN-660 AM that he will take the battle to the Supreme Court even though this is a long shot to say the least.
Like everything else the stanch Republican was quick to blame political agendas, Christie blames the members of the Third Party Circuit for being lackeys of the Democratic President Barack Obama in taking away rights from the state. He went on to say,” This is the long arm of Barack Obama’s federal government, where he takes away rights from a state. A state should be able to decide whether or not they want to have this in the state. If they want to have it, they should be able to have it.”
Christie’s tirade did not end there and he also pointed out the hypocrisy of the professional sports leagues who make money off fantasy sports. He said in the interview,” With the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA, the NHL, the NCAA, they’re all making money off fantasy sports — they’re investing in it. hey go to court and they try to stop us in New Jersey from legalizing what is happening every Sunday — illegal bookmakers in the mafia. They’d rather have them do it. They think that having mafia people and illegal betting is somehow safer than having legalized betting for the integrity of the game.”
Christie’s point that fans will bet on sports whether legal or not is a logical argument and is similar to that of the gambling debate as a whole. People will and have gambled forever and the revenues from legalized gambling could be put to good use instead of illegal operators.