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LoBiondo Responds to Lawsuit Seeking to Block Sports-Betting


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In case you missed it, Congressman Frank LoBiondo recently issued the following response to the NCAA filing a lawsuit in federal court to prevent New Jersey from enacting sports-betting.

"I am disappointed though not surprised by the NCAA and its allies' lawsuit today to block New Jersey from enacting sports-betting, which was supported more than 2 to 1 by voters in last year's referendum. New Jersey has been clear about its intent to host sports-betting. Governor Christie and I have been clear that legalizing sports-betting would ensure the integrity of those bets already being placed on sporting events while strengthening Atlantic City. I'd hope the NCAA would rethink their position and work with us to bring sports-betting out into the open in a fair and regulated manner," said LoBiondo, co-chair of the Congressional Gaming Caucus.

In January and after careful consultation with representatives of the gaming industry and House legislative counsel, LoBiondo introduced the "Sports Gaming Opportunity Act" (H.R. 3797) that would re-open the window for states to approve and establish sports-betting within their borders. New Jersey failed to pass the necessary legislation by the deadline specified under the 1992 law, thus leaving sports-betting permissible in only Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon.

LoBiondo's legislation would re-open the window until January 1, 2016. LoBiondo's legislation does not modify any other provisions within the 1992 law.

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