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Christie Defends Fantasy Sports In Debate Rant

Booming DFS Industry Comes Up In Third GOP Debate


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still running for president, even though his odds are pretty terrible of getting the Republican nomination. However, that hasn’t stopped Christie from being vocal about his views on the gambling industry, a topic which came up in a debate late last week in Colorado.

After fellow presidential hopeful Jeb Bush explained that he does play fantasy sports but that contests involving real money should be regulated on some level by the government, Christie went on a short rant about why he thinks any question about fantasy sports, especially in presidential politics, is ridiculous. “Let people play, who cares?” Christie said.

“Are we really talking about getting the government involved in fantasy football?” Christie asked. "We have $19 trillion in debt, we have people out of work, we have ISIS and Al-Qaeda attacking us and we’re talking about fantasy football?

“How about we get the government to do what they are supposed to be doing?” Christie added. “Secure our borders, protect our people and support American values and American families.”

The daily fantasy sports industry took a small hit last month when Nevada Gaming regulators effectively banned those sites from the state unless they receive sports betting licenses.

According to Eilers Research, daily fantasy games will generate around $2.6 billion in entry fees this year and grow by 41 percent annually. The market could reach $14.4 billion in 2020.

Christie, who signed a bill to legalize online gambling in New Jersey in 2013, is also pushing for sports books at Atlantic City casinos.

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