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'Hypocrisy Is Just So Overwhelming,' Christie Says Of Sports Betting Saga

Supreme Court To Hear PASPA Appeal In December


New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t holding back as the U.S. Supreme Court gears up to hear his challenge against a federal law that nearly bans sports books nationwide.

Christie wants Atlantic City to have the same opportunity that Nevada has enjoyed for decades. The Court will hear arguments on Dec. 4 and make a ruling sometime in the first half of next year. Should it overturn PASPA, any state would be allowed to pursue sports books.

Christie called the leagues, which successfully blocked Atlantic City sports books, hypocrites for their stance on the issue. Christie’s comments came on a segment of HBO’s “Real Sports.”

The episode will air Tuesday at 10 p.m.

“The hypocrisy is just so overwhelming," Christie said. "They say because we have the Giants and the Jets and the Devils that somehow we shouldn’t be allowed to have gambling here because somehow it will threaten the integrity of the game. Well, you kidding? How isn’t it threatening the integrity of the game in Las Vegas for the NHL and the NFL?”

“I mean that’s why they no longer have moral high ground on this," Christie added. "They cannot make the integrity of the game argument anymore…because they have now gone to the sports gambling capital of America and put two of the four major sports now, having teams in that city. It’s over.”

The stakes are high for the Supreme Court ruling, but the 1992 law still could be in trouble even if New Jersey loses. The unregulated U.S. sports betting market is estimated at $150 billion annually.