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NJ May Get Help in Sports Betting Suit

A high-profile lawyer wants to represent New Jersey and Gov. Chris Christie in the state’s fight to defy a federal ban on sports gambling.

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Theodore Olson filed papers in federal court Monday to be part of Christie’s legal team.

Olson is known for representing George W. Bush in the contested 2000 presidential election and for teaming with then-adversary David Boies years later to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. He has argued dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Christie and the state were sued recently by the four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA after the governor said he would institute sports gambling in New Jersey later this year in defiance of a federal ban. A decision could come next month.

Christie’s office didn’t immediately comment Monday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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