New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said Thursday that sports betting will be introduced to the Garden State this year, without first mounting a legal challenge to the federal ban on sports betting.

“If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us,” he said. “Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes, but I have every confidence we're going to be successful.”

Christie’s bold stance against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which bans all but four US states from offering sports betting, is strengthened by overwhelming support among both lawmakers and New Jersey residents.

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