A bill which would have partially repealed the ban on sports betting at New Jersey’s racetracks and casinos has been vetoed by Governor Chris Christie, despite attracting bipartisan support from both houses of the legislature.

The governor said that while he supported the intention of the New Jersey legislature and its commitment to revitalising the state’s struggling gaming industry, he believed that bill S2250 was an attempt to “sidestep” federal law rather than change it.

“Ignoring federal law, rather than working to reform federal standards, is counter to our democratic traditions and inconsistent with the constitutional values I have sworn to defend and protect,” Christie explained.

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