Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a federal ban on sports gambling is a vindication.
He told WOR’s “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” that he has a big smile on his face today after fighting the sports leagues for nearly seven years.
“We finally got a court that really listened to the constitutional argument and when you have the highest court in the land say ‘You’re right and they’re wrong,’ that’s a good day,” Christie said.
The former governor said he’s always been in favor of legalizing sports betting in New Jersey because the state has a history of being able to successfully regulate gambling. He said this was also something that the people of New Jersey voted overwhelmingly in favor of.
“From then on it was my mission to try to get it done for the people of the state. It took seven losses in lower courts and a lot of ridicule from some people who said ‘It was a pipe dream, that I was on a fool’s errand,’” Christie said. “But that fool’s errand ended up with a big victory for New Jersey yesterday.”
Christie also characterized the NFL as hypocrites for their opposition to sports gambling.