ATLANTIC CITY - (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie says he'll votein favor of letting New Jersey residents bet legally on sportingevents.

At an appearance in Jersey City on Wednesday, the governor saidhe supports a referendum on next week's ballot asking voterswhether they want to make sports betting legal, if a federal ban onit is ever lifted.

Christie says it's naive to think illicit betting isn't goingon. He related the tale of a fan who came up to him at a New YorkGiants game, happy that Big Blue won, but sad that they didn'tscore enough to make his two-team parlay bet a winner.

The governor says it's time to get sports betting out from theshadows and make it legal.