THE BUZZ | Christie says N.J. casinos, tracks can offer sports betting

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration declared that casinos and racetracks can offer sports betting without fear of prosecution or civil liability, setting up another possible showdown with professional and college leagues.
Sports wagering at casinos and racetracks is now legal as long as it doesn’t involve New Jersey’s college teams or any collegiate events in the state, Christie’s acting attorney general, John Hoffman, said in a directive issued on Monday.
The new push for sports betting came as the governor convened a closed-door summit in Atlantic City with political leaders and casino officials weighing how to revive the seaside resort. Atlantic City’s gambling revenue sagged to USD2.9 billion last year from a peak of $5.2 billion in 2006 as casinos in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New York cut into the resort’s haul.

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