Update: Christie Announces He Is to Respect New Jersey Referendum Results

Governor indicates he is to work with Sen. Lesniak if the sportsbetting referendum vote is pro-legalization

The November 8 New Jersey referendum on legalized sports betting in Atlantic City casinos and at New Jersey racetracks is getting closer, and anticipation of its results is building. To add more to the thrill, a statement was issued this week by Governor Chris Christie in which he said he would respect the vote of the people on the issue.

In his statement, Christie said he supports the referendum on whether voters want to make sports betting legal, if a federal ban on it is ever lifted. He stated that he's well aware of illicit betting going on in the state, adding: 'Let's get that economy up from underground. Let's have the people who benefit from it be the people of the state of New Jersey, not individuals involved in organized crime. With this referendum we have an opportunity that gives the state more solid footing to challenge the federal ban on sports wagering outside of a few select places.

'If it fails, obviously I won't have any interest in pursuing it.'

He also opined: "The fact is now gaming is everywhere in many states across the country, so there's no reason why sports gaming in my view should be restricted."

Even though he vetoed one of his bills earlier this year, Christie this time said that he is prepared to work with Sen. Ray Lesniak, to "implement the will of the people" should the vote be positive.

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