Pallone, LoBiondo push for sports gaming in N.J.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two N.J. congressmen announced today they will work together to allow sports betting in the state.

U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, (D-6), and Frank LoBiondo, (R-2), touted their bipartisanship effort to expand sports gaming in New Jersey.

They already had introduced separate bills dealing with the issue, which gained traction when a statewide ballot measure to allow sports gambling was approved last year.

“Sports betting 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,” said Pallone in a release.

HR3081 would exempt New Jersey from current federal law and HR3797 would open a window in which all states can enact a law providing for sports gambling in their state until Jan. 1, 2016. The congressmen issued a letter to other members of the N.J. congressional delegation seeking their support and co-sponsorship of the bills.

“Legalizing sports-betting would strengthen Atlantic City in the face of stiff competition, giving it an additional edge to attract visitors and critical tourism dollars,” said LoBiondo in a release. Pallone, LoBiondo push for sports gaming in N.J.