An Atlantic City union boss said Thursday that he supports a bid by state lawmakers to bring sports betting to New Jersey by overriding a veto by Gov. Chris Christie.

In August, Christie vetoed a bill passed overwhelmingly in the state Legislature that aimed to bring sports betting to New Jersey casinos and racetracks despite a federal ban.

“At a time when gaming in Atlantic City is contracting from competition in neighboring states, we believe that sports betting will provide needed stimulus to the state’s gaming industry,” Bob McDevitt, president of Unite-Here Local 54, said in a statement.

Local 54 represents thousands of casino hotel workers, plus many who were left jobless when Showboat Casino Hotel and Revel Casino Hotel closed this week.

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