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New Jersey, Pennsylvania Oppose Online Gambling Shift

A new legal opinion released by the Department of Justice claims that online gambling may break federal laws

The attorneys general of Pennsylvania and New Jersey have registered their objection to a Department of Justice legal opinion that could affect online gambling.

The opinion last month indicated federal laws against interstate transmission of gambling information could apply to online gambling. That reversed the 2011 DOJ opinion.

The DOJ's previous opinion approved online betting for certain low-revenue states, as long as residents' bets did not cross state lborders.

Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nevada have legalized online gambling and allow poker players to play online across the states. Pennsylvania began online gambling in 2017.

In a letter Tuesday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said online gambling produces more than $350 million in annual revenue in the state.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined Grewal in opposing the new opinion.

Grewal also filed a public records request for communications between the DOJ and casino groups opposed to online gambling.

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