New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is taking his case for statewide sports betting to the U.S. Supreme Court after having his bid to overturn a federal ban rejected by three other courts.

In November 2011, New Jersey voters approved a bill establishing sports betting, and Christine signed it into law in January 2012. The NFL, NCAA, three other major sports leagues and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) quickly filed suit to stop implementation of the betting. They succeeded by citing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which barred sports gambling in all but the four states where it was already being offered (Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon).

The NLF, DOJ and others are expected to file their response to the Supreme Court appeal by March 17.

The state's thoroughbred horsemen, who also have standing in the case (since it is they who will establish the gaming system), have also filed an appeal.