Federal sports-betting bill to be unveiled

TRENTON – Federal and state lawmakers say they will unveil legislation Monday to bring sports betting to New Jersey.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-6), as well as state Sens. Ray Lesniak, (D-20), Elizabeth, and Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City will announce a bill that would exclude the state from the federal ban on professional and amateur sports gambling.

The bill would be on the heels of a voter referendum approved in November to amend the state Constitution and allow the Legislature to enact sports-betting laws.

On Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill allowing people over the age of 21 to place a bet on a sporting event in-person at special lounges created in casinos, racetracks or at the site of a former racetrack

“The existing federal law is unconstitutional and arbitrary, giving four states access to this billion-dollar industry, while shutting out the rest,” Pallone said in a release. 

The three lawmakers have scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. Monday at the Statehouse.

Federal sports-betting bill to be unveiled