New Jersey Congressmen Push for Legalized Sports BettingPublished January 28, 2015 by Elana K
New Jersey congressmen reintroduce bills that would allow legalized sports betting within the state.
With Super Bowl Weekend on the horizon, New Jersey Congressmen have reintroduced their bills to legalize sports betting. Congressmen Frank Pallone, Jr. and Frank A. LoBiondo claim that legalizing sports betting can only benefit New Jersey; it will provide a boost to the economy and crack down on illegal operators within the state.
Congressman LoBiondo stated, “Increasing competition from neighboring states and the proliferation of off-the-books betting has left Atlantic City’s gaming operations at a disadvantage. Sports-betting can help give our famed resort town a hand up, providing yet another unique option for patrons in addition to the quality entertainment, dining, shopping and beaches."
Congressman Pallone said, “New Jersey voters have spoken loud and clear: they want to be able to place wagers on sporting events legally.” He added, "It is time to bring this activity out of the shadows and allow states to regulate it."
Federal Ban on Sports Betting Stalls New Jersey
A federal ban on sports betting was enacted in 1992, and it still serves as the main prohibitor from allowing states to enact any new form of sports betting. The two new bills that the New Jersey congressmen are proposing would exempt New Jersey from this federal law.
The Congressmen are acting with the majority of New Jersey residents behind them, who in 2011 voted to approve a ballot to allow sports betting in New Jersey. The legalization ran into its own legal difficulties, in the form of lawsuits filed against the State of New Jersey by the NCAA and four professional sports leagues. New Jersey's appeal was denied, but perhaps there is more of a chance now since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced his support for legalized sports betting in November 2014.
New Jersey Online Gambling
As of now, New Jersey is one of the three states that offers legal online gaming; Governor Chris Christie pushed through the legislation in 2013. The New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement stipulates that only people over the age of 21 who are found within the borders of New Jersey can play at the state's online casinos.