New DOJ Opinion Could Put Online Gambling at Risk

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A recent legal opinion from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has put online gambling in jeopardy.

The DOJ recently issued a legal opinion that federal criminal law could apply to state-sanctioned online gambling, citing the Wire Act.

Second District Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and John Armato say that a regulated online gambling industry has been essential over the past few years to Atlantic City's revitalization and that, "This new opinion by DOJ, a complete reversal of their previous opinion on online gambling under the Wire Act, threatens all we've built so far."

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has responded to the DOJ with a letter and by filing a Freedom of Information Act request saying that he is seeking information on whether lobbyists spurred the Department of Justice’s decision to reinterpret the Wire Act


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