By David Madden
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — Two New Jersey congressmen have revived the effort on Capitol Hill to legalize sports betting in their state.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: How Much Snow Will Major Nor'easter Dump On Your Area?
The arguments made by Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R) and Frank Pallone (D) are not new, but they are hoping that with Nevada senator Harry Reid no longer in control of the Senate’s agenda, the idea will at least get a fair hearing now.
LoBiondo hopes the timing is right.READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: What Happened To Celina Mays, 12 Years Old And Pregnant, 26 Years Ago?
“Hopefully, more people have had the opportunity to understand that the arguments used against this by the professional leagues — that betting is not going on on games — is just ludicrous,” he notes.
LoBiondo’s bill would give all states a four-year window to approve wagering on sports, while Pallone’s plan would add New Jersey to the list of four states currently allowed to have it.MORE NEWS: Major Preparations Underway At Jersey Shore, Philadelphia Region Ahead Of Winter Storm
The State of New Jersey is also pursuing the legalization of sports betting through the courts.