New Jersey, Pennsylvania oppose online gambling shift

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 5, 2019 6:40 PM

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(Trenton, N.J.) -- The attorneys general of Pennsylvania and New Jersey have registered their objection to a Department of Justice legal opinion that could affect online gambling.

The opinion last month indicated federal laws against interstate transmission of gambling information could apply to online gambling. That reversed a 2011 DOJ opinion.

Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nevada have legalized online gambling and allow poker players to play online across the states. Pennsylvania began online gambling in 2017.

In a letter Tuesday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said online gambling produces more than $350 million in annual revenue in the state.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined Grewal in opposing the new opinion.

Grewal also filed a public records request for communications between the DOJ and casino groups opposed to online gambling.

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