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Pallone Statement on Federal Appeals Court Decision on Sports Betting in New Jersey

August 9, 2016
Press Release

LONG BRANCH, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D NJ-06)  made the following statement on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to deny an appeal of its ruling that prevented New Jersey from implementing its sports betting law.  The citizens of New Jersey, by a two to one margin, have already approved a constitutional amendment by referendum to allow sports betting at casinos and racetracks, and the state legislature acted to give it effect.

“I am deeply disappointed with the Third Circuit’s ruling,” said Pallone. “The decision is both hypocritical and unfair as several states can already operate sports betting and millions of Americans are essentially betting on sports through Daily Fantasy Sports websites. The citizens of New Jersey overwhelmingly support legalized sports betting and the Third Circuit’s decision will prevent the collection of revenue that will come with it. I remain committed to seeing sports betting become legal in New Jersey and will work to pass the bipartisan legislation Congressman LoBiondo and I have introduced that would allow sports gaming.”

Congressmen Pallone and Congressman Frank LoBiondo have introduced two bills that that would provide for changes in the law that would allow sports gaming in New Jersey. H.R. 457 (Pallone) would exempt New Jersey from current federal gaming law that led to this case and H.R. 416 (LoBiondo) opens a window in which all states can enact a law providing for sports gambling in their state until January 1, 2019. Both lawmakers are again cosponsoring the other’s legislation.