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Court denies NJ bid to rehear sports gambling case

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied New Jersey's request for another chance to argue that sports betting should be legal in the state.

The 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Friday quashed the state's motion to bring the arguments before the full court.

In September, a three-judge panel ruled that New Jersey's law allowing sports betting conflicts with federal law and can't be implemented.

A 1992 federal law banning sports betting made exceptions for four states: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon, all of which had some type of sports gambling at the time.

Lawyers for Republican Gov. Chris Christie argued the law violated state sovereignty and equal protection clauses. This month, Christie asked that the full court, not just the three-judge panel, hear arguments.

Now, however, Christie's only recourse will be to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christie's office was mum Monday. A spokesman, Colin Reed, did not return a request for comment.

In September, Reed said Christie was prepared to appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

New Jersey voters approved a referendum to allow sports betting in 2011. Christie signed it into law last year.

Four professional sports teams and the NCAA then sued the state.

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