NJ's Christie ready to take sports betting fight to Supreme Court, if necessary

ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie says he’ll take the fight to legalize sports gambling in New Jersey to the Supreme Court, if necessary.

Christie said Thursday after visiting a group home for people with disabilities that the NCAA would be wrong if they think he won’t continue to pursue sports betting for his state.

Last month, a federal judge in Trenton upheld a 1992 law that bans sports gambling in New Jersey and 45 other states. Only Nevada, Oregon, Montana and Delaware are exempted. The four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA oppose New Jersey’s efforts.

On Wednesday, the NCAA told The Associated Press it has reversed a ban on New Jersey hosting NCAA-sanctioned championship events. It put the ban in place last year after Christie vowed to move ahead with plans to license sports betting operators.