New Jersey governor awaits sports betting ruling

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that sports betting at Monmouth Park Racetrack would be ''open inside a week'' if the U.S. Supreme Court relaxes a ban.

The Republican governor suggested Monday that if the court rules this month, it would create the chance for gamblers to wager on the Super Bowl.

A 1992 federal law bans sports betting in every state except Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.

New Jersey has asked the court to hear arguments in favor of legalizing sports betting. But the court in January decided it wanted to hear what the Trump administration wants to do. In May, the Trump administration's acting solicitor general argued against New Jersey's move to repeal its state sports betting laws.

Christie appeared as a guest host on New York radio station WFAN's ''Boomer and Carton'' program.

He criticized the federal government for allowing states to legalize recreational marijuana even though it's illegal under federal law, while restricting sports betting.

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