TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey is moving ahead with plans to permit betting on sports in the state and a racetrack said it will start taking bets next weekend, but legal challenges could stall the rollout.

Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a bill passed this week in the Legislature that would partially repeal New Jersey’s prohibition on sports wagering. Supporters of the legislation hail it as a potential remedy for the state’s struggling racetrack and casino industries, but the effort faces significant opposition from professional sports leagues and the NCAA.

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