Federal Bill Seeks to Overturn Ban on Sportsbetting
Congressmen Pallone and LoBiondo are asking fellow members of Congress to help them bring legalised sportsbetting to the New Jersey.
Friday 27th April 2012
Congressmen from New Jersey have penned a letter asking for the support of their fellow representatives on measures that could see sportsbetting expand across the nation.
Democrat Frank Pallone and Republican Frank LoBiondo are both long-serving members of the United States House of Representatives and declared that they are working together in a bipartisan effort designed to gather support for separately proposed legislation for the expansion of sportsbetting.
LoBiondo represents New Jerseyâ€™s Second Congressional District, which includes the resort of Atlantic City, and his House Resolution 3797 would allow states to decide on an individual basis whether to legalise sportsbetting. Pallone is the representative for New Jerseyâ€™s Sixth Congressional District and his House Resolution 3081 would exempt New Jersey from the current Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) prohibition of 1992 and permit it to offer online sportsbetting within its borders.
â€śNew Jersey has been clear about its intent to host sportsbetting,â€ť said LoBiondo.
â€śLegalising sportsbetting would strengthen Atlantic City in the face of stiff competition, giving it an additional edge to attract visitors and critical tourism dollars. I appreciate Congressman Palloneâ€™s partnership in gathering support for our effort to bring sportsbetting to our state.â€ť
The pair pointed to Novemberâ€™s state-wide ballot referendum on allowing sportsbetting at casinos and racetracks, which was supported by a margin of two-to-one, and stated that both bills could see New Jersey benefit to the tune of â€śbillionsâ€ť of dollars. â€śSportsbetting is widely supported in the state of New Jersey but federal law stands in the way of considerable revenues that will undoubtedly benefit the state,â€ť said Pallone.
â€śBoth of these bills will enable us to bring sportsbetting to the state and I look forward to working with my New Jersey colleagues to achieve this goal.â€ť