Chris Christie isn’t entering this fight alone.
Maybe we can call New Jersey “The Outlaw State,” but 45 percent of respondents in a recent poll said they’re in favor of the state allowing sports betting even if the federal government bans it. That’s compared to just 38 percent opposed.
From the AP’s story:
When the question of a federal ban was eliminated, 58 percent of respondents said New Jersey should allow sports betting. That’s up from the 53 percent who felt that way a year ago.
In other words, support for Christie—the New Jersey governor who’s facing a lawsuit from the four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA—is growing within his state. The poll took place in late July and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.
Important to note: The poll took place before the leagues sued Christie.
Also from the story:
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who has been trying to legalize sports betting for several years, was not surprised by the poll results.
“Since a strong majority of New Jerseyans supported the sports betting referendum I sponsored last November, I expect that support to continue throughout our fight to overturn the federal ban,” he said.
So, here’s where we seem to be with all this.
Except the leagues.