Raymond J Lesniak

Atlantic City gets lifeline as high court clears sports betting

Chris Christie has reason to gloat.

The former New Jersey governor, who left office in January with dismal approval ratings, scored a huge win for the state and its struggling Atlantic City casino resort Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a federal ban on sports betting.

Christie, a former U.S. prosecutor, signed a law in 2012 to allow wagering on professional and college sports in Atlantic City and at racetracks, despite a 1992 federal law that bars such wagering in every state except Nevada.

A federal judge ruled in 2013 against the governor, siding with groups including the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Football League that sued to...