TRENTON -- Gov. Chris Christie says he plans to cast his ballot in favor of expanding casinos to northern New Jersey this November.

Christie made the comment during a statehouse news conference Tuesday. The Republican governor also said he would campaign for the ballot question if asked.

While battling with Democratic leaders in the Legislature earlier this year, Christie had threatened to pull his support for casino expansion if his preferred plan for bailing out Atlantic City did not pass.

Competing campaigns in favor and against expanding casino gambling to two locations in northern Jersey have recently been announced.

So far Christie has not campaigned for the expansion.

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