NJ governor endorses sports betting referendum

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he'll vote in favor of letting residents of his state bet legally on sporting events.

At an appearance in Jersey City on Wednesday, the Republican governor said he supports a referendum on next week's ballot asking voters whether they want to make sports betting legal, if a federal ban on it is ever lifted.

Christie says it's naive to think illicit betting isn't going on. He recounted how a fan came up to him at a New York Giants game, happy that the Giants won, but sad that they didn't score enough to make his two-team parlay bet a winner.

The governor says it's time to get sports betting out from the shadows and make it legal.