New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation Friday that clears the way for the state's licensed racetracks and casinos to begin taking sports bets from customers as early as next week.

The legislation (SB2460) removes language in state law that prohibits betting on sporting events, and was signed into law by Governor Christie on Friday, just one day after the bill received final approval with overwhelming support from the State Assembly.

The Governor believed that the bill corrected what he called “critical flaws” in an earlier bill which he vetoed in August this year, before issuing a directive to decriminalise sports betting at licensed venues in September.

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