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Senator Declan O'Scanlon Senator Declan O'Scanlon (R-13)
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June 8, 2018
O’Scanlon Concerned by Murphy’s Inexplicable Delay of Sports Betting

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Says Governor Needs to Take Different Path

Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) criticized the Murphy Administration’s inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing immediately following the full passage of the legislation by both houses of the Legislature.

Sen. Declan O’Scanlon criticizes Governor Murphy for inexplicable move to block sports betting from commencing. (WikimediaCommons)

“There are two aspects to the administration’s actions. The first is that they are taking their time to sign the legislation, and the second is that they are standing in the way of Monmouth Park opening while taking that time,” said O’Scanlon. “The Governor claims he needs to review this legislation before signing it, but there is no practical reason why Monmouth Park cannot start accepting wagers while that’s happening–the sky won’t fall, lions won’t roam the streets, locusts won’t ravage our fields. There is absolutely zero likelihood of any negative impact of Monmouth Park opening today. That being the case, one has to wonder about the motivation here. It’s disturbing.”

“The legislature came together in a bipartisan manner to get this done correctly and quickly. All of that bipartisan effort has been brought to a screeching and frankly irrational halt by the actions of the administration.”

“Standing in the way of opening sports betting today hurts not only Monmouth Park, but the horse racing industry and employees at all of these facilities; it costs everyone money, including taxpayers. The impact is negative all the way around! This action doesn’t say anything pretty about the administration and that sends an unfortunate message.”

“Oceanport is incredibly disappointed to see yet another roadblock for Monmouth Park to open for sports betting. Continuing this delay is inconceivable and is only hurting us. Senator O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman DiMaso have gone out of their way to include us in this process. The Senator passionately argued to Legislative leadership that the prohibitive language needed to be removed, and now the Administration is standing in the way. It’s unfortunate and frustrating that the Governor is choosing to take this path. ” added Oceanport Council President Joe Irace.

“The Governor is standing before two choices in this scenario: either he’s the hero or he’s the villain. There is simply no in between. So far he is choosing, inexplicably and disappointingly, to be the latter. I’m holding out hope that he heads in the other direction and quickly realizes this was a blatantly wrong move. We need him to switch course, sign the legislation, and signal Monmouth Park that they can open. I’m hoping that happens today.” O’Scanlon concluded.

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