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New Jersey Gets U.S. Supreme Court Hearing on Sports-Gambling Bid

  • States-rights case pits Christie against Trump administration
  • State seeks to join Nevada in having legal single-game betting
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appears in a Republican presidential candidate debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 28, 2016.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appears in a Republican presidential candidate debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 28, 2016.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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The U.S. Supreme Court will consider reinstating a New Jersey law that would legalize sports gambling at casinos and racetracks, agreeing to hear an appeal from Governor Chris Christie in a new test of states’ rights.

Christie contends the state is being unconstitutionally forced to prohibit gambling by a 1992 federal law that outlaws sports betting in most of the country. Nevada is the only state where single-game wagering is now legal.