Ruling expected on New Jersey sports betting

A spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says the state has filed a notice of appeal against a judge's decision blocking sports betting.

A federal judge said Friday New Jersey cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost its struggling horse racing and casino industries. The ruling from Judge Michael Shipp was the expected outcome since he had ruled similarly in the past.

A federal law bans New Jersey and most other states from authorizing betting on sports. But the state contended it didn't want to license or authorize the betting. Instead, it was seeking to end a prohibition.

The judge agreed with the NCAA and the four major U.S. sports leagues that setting parameters such as limiting sports gambling to certain places amounts to regulation.

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