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Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), a sponsor of New Jersey’s recently enacted law repealing prohibitions on sports wagering at racetracks and casinos, responded to a federal court’s restraining order that will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept sports wagers as planned:
“I am disappointed that the temporary restraining order imposed by a federal court will prevent Monmouth Park from starting to accept wagers on sporting events this weekend as was planned. I believe, however, the court will find after a more thorough review that New Jersey’s repeal of prohibitions on sports betting at our racetracks and casinos is compliant with both federal law and the guidance provided in previous federal court rulings.”
Legislation (S-2396) sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) that would allow New Jersey residents to make voluntary contributions on their state income tax returns to the ALS Association was approved by the New Jersey Senate in a 38-0 vote.
The measure’s advance follows the grassroots Ice Bucket Challenge social media campaign that raised $115 million for the ALS Association between July 29 and September 22.
“Many of us participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS research and the care and treatment of those suffering from this horrible disease,” said O’Toole. “While the viral fundraising campaign was very successful, it was also short lived. This legislation will create a permanent opportunity for New Jersey residents to demonstrate their generosity and help fight ALS.”
The Senate voted 38-0 to adopt legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman prohibiting personal care products that contain tiny particles known as microbeads from being sold or produced in New Jersey.
Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to products like face washes and cosmetic products as an exfoliate.
“Microbeads pose a significant environmental concern as they can’t be trapped by most water filtration systems and as a result end up in rivers and lakes,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer. “The best way to keep these synthetic pieces of plastic from ending up in the drinking supplies that millions of New Jerseyans depend on is to keep the products they are used in off the shelves. This legislation puts New Jersey at the forefront of a national effort to address this important problem.”
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement following the signing of legislation that removes state prohibitions on sports wagering at New Jersey’s casinos and racetracks.
“I am pleased that our legislation removing state prohibitions on sports betting was signed into law so quickly. Monmouth Park has been preparing for this to happen and is poised to start taking bets in the upcoming days,” said Kyrillos, a prime sponsor of the legislation. “Sports betting will provide a financial lifeline that will help protect jobs at Monmouth Park and Atlantic City casinos. The legislation was drafted based on guidance from federal courts, and we trust it will stand up to any future challenge.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) was honored with an Oak Leaf Award by The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey for his years of work to protect the environment, preserve open space and farmland, and other important environmental initiatives.
“Preserving open space and working for clean water, air and land are initiatives that benefit everyone,” said Bateman. “Organizations like The Nature Conservancy do so much directly and in support of these important environmental efforts, making their recognition a true honor.”
Senate Committee Approves “Kimmie’s Law” to Establish Zero Tolerance for Driving Under the Influence of Inhalants
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) making it illegal to drive under the influence of any amount of a prohibited inhalant, such as glue or aerosol, has been approved the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee.
The bill, S-358, is designated as “Kimmie’s Law” in recognition of Kimberly Goupil, a 16-year-old Hampton Township teen who died on August 11, 2007 from injuries sustained in a car crash a day earlier. Police alleged that the driver of the car in which she was riding was under the influence of inhalants.
“Kimberly’s death is a reminder that impairment caused by the inhalation of household chemicals can be just as dangerous for drivers as that caused by the consumption of alcohol or the use of illicit drugs,” said Oroho. “This legislation makes clear that we have zero tolerance for those who would abuse inhalants and get behind the wheel.”
Assembly Gives Final Legislative Approval to Measure Removing Prohibitions on Sports Betting at Racetracks & Casinos
Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), prime sponsors of Senate legislation that would explicitly remove language in state law that prohibits wagering on sporting events, applauded the New Jersey General Assembly’s approval of the legislation (A-3711/S-2460) and urged Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill into law.
“We are a short step away from getting this done and a lot closer to bringing sports betting to New Jersey,” said Lesniak. “It’s been a long, tough effort and we’ve gone up against powerful interests, but now there is an urgency because sports gaming will be a lifeline to the Atlantic City casino industry at a critical time. It will produce jobs, generate economic activity and be a long-term benefit to New Jersey. I urge the governor to sign it into law as fast as he can.”
“Sports betting can assist New Jersey’s struggling casino industry and with our challenges at Monmouth Park Racetrack,” said Kyrillos. “Both houses of the Legislature acted quickly to approve this critical measure, and I am confident Governor Christie will join our efforts to help protect Atlantic City and Monmouth Park jobs by signing the bill into law.”
Thompson & Rice Renew Call for Legislative Select Committee Investigation of Abuses at Newark Watershed
Report Indicates Active Federal Investigation
Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) and Senator Ron Rice (D-28) renewed their call for the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) to launch an inquiry into abuses of government power and cover-ups at the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation (NWCDC).
An attorney for the NWCDC has confirmed in a published report that the watershed corporation, formerly chaired by current United States Senator Cory Booker, has provided documents to a federal grand jury and has been “assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office with their investigation.”
“The report by the State Comptroller into wrongdoing that occurred at the Newark Watershed while Cory Booker was Chairman detailed the likely abuse of millions of dollars of taxpayer and ratepayer funds,” said Thompson. “While the federal investigation looks into the possible violation of federal law, it is imperative that the Legislature use its investigatory powers to determine how we can strengthen state law to prevent abuses.”
Measure Would Clear Legal Obstacles
Acting to remove legal obstacles in the effort to bring sports betting to New Jersey, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-Union), Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) that would explicitly remove language in state law that currently prohibits wagering on sporting events.
The move would reinforce the state attorney general’s attempt to lift the court injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting.