NJ Congressmen reintroduce sports betting bills

Jon Campbell
New Jersey Congressmen Frank Pallone Jr. and Frank LoBiondo have reintroduced their sports betting bills in Congress, just one day ahead of when the court is to hear oral argument in the major pro and college leagues' suit to stop sports betting in the state.

The two bills are different, according to this report by John Brennan of Northjersey.com. Pallone's bill is to allow sports betting in New Jersey while LoBiondo's is to allow any state that wants sports betting to pass a law by the end of 2016.

Both bills could be tough sells with Harry Reid of Nevada as the Senate Majority Leader.

“New Jersey must be allowed to move forward with sports gaming and bring much needed revenue to the state,” said Pallone in a statement. “Rather than continuing to allow criminal and offshore entities to reap the benefits of illegal gaming, we should let the democratic process in New Jersey bring sports gaming under controlled regulation. Whether it is through the courts, through my bill or through Congressman LoBiondo’s bill I believe that ultimately New Jersey’s right to move forward with sports gaming will be recognized and I look forward to working to that end.”

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp is set to hear oral argument Thursday at 1 p.m. ET in the leagues' and DOJ's case against the state in Trenton.

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