Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Statement on Sports Betting Case

May 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today praised the Supreme Court of the United States for striking down a federal ban on sports betting.

New Jersey won today before the Supreme Court.  A sweetheart deal worked out three decades ago outlawed sports betting in all but four states – giving those states a monopoly on the entertainment and tax revenue and leaving New Jersey cut out.  Today the Supreme Court struck down the entire federal law, rightfully giving states the freedom to act on their own.  Garden State voters decided overwhelmingly to permit this type of gaming in a voter referendum.  I am sure that the State Legislature will act quickly to implement sports betting.  I commend Governor Murphy and former Governor Christie for successfully litigating this issue.”