4: Chris Christie Says Legal Sports Betting is about Freedom of Choice

Christie is credited is leading the fight and winning the battle for legal sports betting

Christopher James Christie (born September 6, 1962) is an American politician, former federal prosecutor, and political commentator who served as the 55th Governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018. During his governorship, he chaired the Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission in 2017. Christie became an ABC News contributor in 2018 after leaving office.

Christie was born in Newark and raised in Livingston. He volunteered for Thomas Kean’s gubernatorial campaign at age 15. After graduating in 1984 from the University of Delaware, he earned a J.D. at Seton Hall. He practiced law from 1987 to 2002. He was elected county freeholder (legislator) for Morris County, serving from 1995 to 1998. By 2002, he had campaigned for Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush; the latter appointed him U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, a position he held from 2002 to 2008.

Topics include:

  • It has been a long battle and steady determination, what was the fight all about?
  • What was the biggest obstacle to legalizing sports betting?
  • Where others would give up you did not, where does your resilience come from?
  • Some states are slow to adopt legalized sports betting, what are your thoughts about this?
  • What are some of the immediate benefits the state is seeing from legal sports betting?
  • What does the future hold for legal sports betting?


Chris Christie To Congress, Leagues: “Get The Hell Out” Of Sports Betting