(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), the chairman of the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, released the following statement Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on whether to legalize sports gaming in New Jersey:
“I’m heartened that these arguments even happened today. When we started this effort many years ago, many legal experts told us we had no chance, but I knew the existing federal law was unfair. It was a fight worth having for the benefit of our state. I was proud to co-sponsor the Assembly legislation in partnership with Sen. Lesniak.
“I truly expect a favorable ruling down the road. Our gaming industry – and the benefits it brings to our state – needs sports betting, if it’s to stay modern and survive. Plus, a well-regulated sports gaming industry will remove the criminal element from the equation. It’s common sense.
“I look forward to the court’s ruling and seeing legalized sports betting in New Jersey become reality. I’m very optimistic.”