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NBA Commissioner David Stern Slams Christie on Sports Betting

NBA Commissioner David Stern, who's from New Jersey, is taking the axe to Gov. Chris Christie over a proposal to broaden sports betting across the state. In a deposition for a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Garden State law, Stern says he’s shocked that Christie – a former U.S. Attorney – would support violating federal law.

The Bergen Record:

"The one thing I am certain of is that New Jersey has no idea what it's doing, and doesn't care because all it's interested in is making a buck or two," Stern said. "And they don't care that it's our potential loss and wholly apart from the fact that a Governor, who's a former U.S. Attorney, has chosen to attack a federal law – which causes me pause for completely different reasons, since I've at times sworn a similar oath about upholding the laws of the United States."

The pro sports leagues and the NCAA sued Christie this summer over a law he signed in January to allow sports betting in New Jersey.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig was none too pleased with Christie either, calling himself "appalled" in his deposition, per the Associated Press:

"I know states need money. I really mean that," he said. "I understand all the problems. Federal government needs money, going over a cliff, cities need money. Chris Christie needs money. But gambling is so... the threat of gambling and to create more threat is to me -- I'm stunned. I know that people need sources of revenue, but you can't -- this is corruption in my opinion.

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