January 24, 2012 |
TRENTON - With opinions on the odds of the New York Giants, who play in New Jersey, winning the Super Bowl dominating sports-talk radio Monday, two New Jersey congressmen introduced bills that would let the state offer legal sports betting. Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo introduced a bill that would give all states until 2016 to legalize sports betting. New Jersey and 45 others missed a 1992 deadline to approve sports betting, which is illegal everywhere but Nevada, Delaware, Montana, and Oregon.
May 4, 2004 |
An Assembly panel saw a replay of a decade-old debate over sports betting in Atlantic City yesterday as lawmakers began weighing whether to challenge a federal ban on the pastime. The state has received conflicting opinions about the vulnerability of a 1992 federal law banning the popular wagering in all but four states, Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew (D., Cape May) announced yesterday. Drew, chairman of the Tourism and Gaming Committee, argued that sports betting could raise millions for the state's cash-strapped budget and help fend off competition as neighboring states consider gambling venues.
April 12, 2004 |
When it comes to sports betting, the federal government has stacked the odds against New Jersey. The state passed up its chance to lure the popular wagering to Atlantic City more than 10 years ago, shortly before Congress banned the practice in all but four states. But two South Jersey lawmakers say they are ready to challenge the federal law, on the gamble that the betting could raise millions in taxes for the state. Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis Greenwald (D., Camden)
August 16, 1989 |
ON THE BEACH in Wildwood Crest, U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley (left) talks to several other beachgoers on the first day of a five-day walking tour of the Jersey shore. The New Jersey Democrat, who visited communities from Cape May to Brigantine yesterday, is trying to publicize efforts against ocean pollution, such as the 1991 federal ban on sludge dumping enacted last year.
September 2, 2012
If you're hoping to get a legal bet down on the New York Giants or New York Jets in New Jersey this season, don't get your hopes up. The state Legislature approved sports gambling - in defiance of a federal ban - earlier this year. But in a court filing this week, the state says it won't grant any sports-betting licenses before Dec. 1 while a lawsuit proceeds. It also will give 30 days' notice of any plans. The four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA have sued the state over its plans to introduce sports betting.
May 20, 2008
WITH respect to the venerable TV Guide column "Cheers and Jeers," I'd like to propose cheers for the brave actions of two Philadelphia political figures. Let's start with Mayor Nutter, who, devastated by the murder of police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, loudly laid the blame for his death right on the doorsteps of the National Rifle Association. They, as you know, have fought every single effort, both locally and nationally, to have any type of even reasonable gun control measures enacted, and in 2004 blocked the renewal of the federal ban on assault rifles.
June 2, 1995
Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has denounced the entertainment industry's penchant for churning out movies, television shows and music that are "nightmares of depravity" in, among other things, their avid depiction of violence. This debasement of popular culture has begun to corrode the social fabric, he said in a speech in Los Angeles this week. Hear, hear. But isn't Mr. Dole the same fellow who, as Senate majority leader, wrote a letter to the National Rifle Association this spring promising to work to repeal the federal ban on semiautomatic "assault" weapons, which have often been used to kill police?
January 9, 2012 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are set to expand the ways in which residents can gamble. The state Legislature is scheduled to vote Monday on bills that would legalize sports betting and set up a pilot program in which patrons at up to 12 bars or restaurants could place bets on horse races. But even if the sports betting measure passes and is signed by Gov. Christie, who supports it, New Jersey would still have to go to court to try to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states.
May 9, 2008 |
In the fall of 2004, just before the expiration of the federal ban on assault weapons, I introduced legislation in the Pennsylvania legislature to ban the sale of these types of weapons in the commonwealth. Senate Bill 1216 died for lack of action. It led in 2005-06 to S.B. 533, which also died in committee, and in 2007-08 to S.B. 48, which I'm realistic enough to recognize will never see the light of day. To date, I've been told there is no need to ban any type of gun, because the gun does not kill; the person using the gun kills.
August 9, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The NCAA and four major professional sports leagues filed suit Tuesday to stop New Jersey from implementing sports betting at the dozen casinos here and the state's race tracks. The legal action by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the professional leagues was expected. It follows a referendum in favor of allowing sports betting in New Jersey, laws passed by the state Legislature, regulations drafted by Gov. Christie, and approval by the state's Division of Gaming Enforcement.