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Justice Dept. joining betting lawsuit

Updated: January 22, 2013, 5:33 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- The U.S. Department of Justice filed notice Tuesday that it is joining a lawsuit by sports leagues and the NCAA to stop the state from allowing sports gambling, setting the stage for a fight next month over the constitutionality of a 21-year-old federal statute.

Tuesday's filing was expected after a federal judge last month declined New Jersey's motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the NFL, the NHL, the NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA.

The state had argued ...

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