Sheldon Adelson and his campaign to ban online gambling have been getting the Daniel Powter  treatment lately, with everyone from Ron Paul to Grover Norquist basically telling Adelson and his cohorts to go pound sand.

The Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) bills and the people pushing them are finding it a bit more difficult when people actually fight back, and the chances that RAWA (in any form) will pass through Congress during the Lame Duck session is growing smaller by the day.

However, RAWA is not a lost cause, and  proponents of legalizing and regulating online gambling need to keep the pressure on Adelson and company, and this is exactly what the Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) did on Tuesday, when they urged New Jersey’s Congressional Delegates to fight back against RAWA:

  1. take all action to oppose the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” and preserve the State of New Jersey’s authorization and strict regulation of internet gambling and the right of all states to determine whether or not they desire to allow or prohibit specific forms of gambling,
  2. explain to your congressional colleagues the danger the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” poses to their respective states by undermining each state’s right to determine whether or not it desires to allow or prohibit specific forms of gambling,
  3. educate your congressional colleagues regarding the safe and secure environment the State of New Jersey has created for online gambling through strict regulatory technological safeguards compared to the disastrous alternative of gambling on illegal, black-market websites, and
  4. prevent a violation of the rights and protections guaranteed to the State of New Jersey under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Who is CANJ

CANJ bills itself as “… a collective voice for the Atlantic City casino industry,” according to their website, and is made up of a coalition of Atlantic City’s casinos that includes six of the seven active operators in AC: Bally’s, Borgata, Caesars, Harrah’s, Resorts, and Tropicana – The Golden Nugget is not a member of CANJ.

As was first reported by NorthJersey.com’s John Brennan, CANJ sent a message to New Jersey’s federal congressional delegation urging them to oppose RAWA in any way shape or form.

The message from CANJ cites several reasons for opposition from jobs and economic impacts in New Jersey to new safeguards for players and the squeezing of illegal offshore sites.

Full Message from CANJ:

RESOLUTION FROM CASINO ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY TO NEW JERSEY’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION URGING IT TO OPPOSE THE RESTORATION OF AMERICA’S WIRE ACT WHICH WOULD PROHIBIT STATES FROM REGULATING INTERNET GAMBLING

  • WHEREAS, The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) membership include: Bally’s, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Caesar’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Resorts Casino Hotel and Tropicana Casino and Resort; and
  • WHEREAS, CANJ provides a collective voice for the Atlantic City casino industry by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas between our industry, the tens of thousands of employees that have direct and indirect jobs tied to the industry, small businesses throughout the State and other Atlantic City stakeholders that receive direct and indirect benefits from the industry; and
  • WHEREAS, the New Jersey’s legislature, consistent with its police powers and the right of every state to determine its laws on gambling, enacted N.J. Assembly Bill No. 2578 (2012), which authorized Atlantic City casinos to offer internet gaming within the State of New Jersey, which bill was signed into law by Governor Christie on February 26,2013; and
  • WHEREAS, in authorizing internet gambling, the State of New Jersey made great strides in designing a regulatory framework that allows thousands of adults to use the internet to gamble in New Jersey in a safe and secure environment which includes strict regulatory technological safeguards to: (i) prevent minors from gambling, (ii) deal with problem gambling issues, (iii) ensure that games are fair and honest and that all gambling occurs intra-state within New Jersey, (iv) collect taxes on revenues generated and (v) comply with federal bank secrecy and other laws; and
  • WHEREAS, the legalization of internet gambling in the State of New Jersey has proven to be successful in reducing the number of consumers availing themselves to illegal, black-market websites that have proliferated in New Jersey that fail to provide: (i) protections against underage gambling, (ii) protections for problem gamblers, (iii) protections against consumer fraud and criminal activity; (iv) tax revenues; and (v) compliance with the federal bank secrecy laws;
  • WHEREAS, if enacted, the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” introduced as S.2159 and H.R.4301 in the 113th Congress, would prohibit the transmission by wire communication of any bet or wager or of information assisting in the placement of any bet or wager, including internet gaming; and
  • WHEREAS, there have been continued reports in the media that Congress may act on this bill in the lame duck session of Congress which would effectively render New Jersey’s regulation of internet gambling illegal;
  • WHEREAS, the enactment of a federal prohibition against internet gaming would violate the Tenth Amendment right of each state to determine gambling policy within its borders and directly and negatively impact the State of New Jersey by preempting New Jersey’s existing laws on internet gambling, causing the loss of millions of dollars invested to date, robbing the State of tax revenues and ongoing economic and employment opportunities for its residents, and foreclosing the potential of casino licensees to foster and create jobs and valuable business ventures focused in the high-tech industry and development of new computer and software technology;
  • WHEREAS, enactment of the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” would be inimical to the interests New Jersey, which has been at the forefront of developing and maintaining a well-regulated casino industry for over three decades;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that in consideration of the foregoing, the CANJ urges the New Jersey Congressional delegation to (i) take all action to oppose the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” and preserve the State of New Jersey’s authorization and strict regulation of internet gambling and the right of all states to determine whether or not they desire to allow or prohibit specific forms of gambling, (ii) explain to your congressional colleagues the danger the “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” poses to their respective states by undermining each state’s right to determine whether or not it desires to allow or prohibit specific forms of gambling, (iii) educate your congressional colleagues regarding the safe and secure environment the State of New Jersey has created for online gambling through strict regulatory technological safeguards compared to the disastrous alternative of gambling on illegal, black-market websites, and (iv) prevent a violation of the rights and protections guaranteed to the State of New Jersey under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Steve Ruddock

About

Steve is a seasoned veteran of the online gambling industry, having written about it from every possible angle in his many years as a freelance gaming writer. Based in Massachusetts, Steve especially focuses on regulatory and legislative news coverage pertaining to the U.S. market.