Lawmakers ask for Internet gambling to be kept legal

Lawmakers ask for Internet gambling to be kept legal

January 13, 2018 8:26 AM
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Ten Federal lawmakers representing New Jersey have asked the U.S. Justice Department to keep Internet gambling legal.

The bi-partisan group, in a letter Thursday to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, urged the department not to rescind its 2011 legal opinion that says Internet gambling is permissible under federal law.

Internet gambling is now a flourishing industry in New Jersey, helping Atlantic City’s seven casinos recover from a three-year period in which five of the city’s 12 casinos closed.

Figures released Friday show Atlantic City’s casinos won $245 million online in 2017, an increase of nearly 25 percent from a year earlier, reports the Associated Press.

The letter was signed by New Jersey’s two Democratic senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Republican Reps. Frank LoBiondo, Leonard Lance, and Tom MacArthur, and Democrats Josh Gottheimer, Albio Sires, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Bill Pascrell Jr. and Donald Payne Jr.