WASHINGTON — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and former governor Chris Christie are praising the Supreme Court’s ruling clearing the way for sports betting. One of the state’s racetracks says it plans to start taking bets “as soon as possible.”
Murphy, a Democrat, says he’s thrilled and credited the court victory to his predecessor, Christie.
Christie, a Republican, called it a “great day” for the public in a tweet and says he’s proud to have fought to give the public the right to bet.
A great day for the rights of states and their people to make their own decisions. New Jersey citizens wanted sports gambling and the federal Gov't had no right to tell them no. The Supreme Court agrees with us today. I am proud to have fought for the rights of the people of NJ.
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) May 14, 2018
Monmouth Park racetrack has already established a sports betting facility and said it plans to take bets “as soon as possible.”
Dennis Drazin is chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, which operates the track. He says the ruling could help the state’s struggling horse racing industry.