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n.j. fights to keep internet gambling in atlantic city

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n.j. fights to keep internet gambling in atlantic city

atlantic city, n.j. – federal lawmakers from both parties in new jersey are asking the u.s. justice department to keep internet gambling legal.in a letter thursday to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, the lawmakers urged the department not to rescind its 2011 legal opinion that internet gambling is permissible under federal law.internet gambling is a thriving industry in new jersey, helping atlantic city's seven casinos recover from a three-year period in which five of the city's 12 casinos closed. the additional money brought in online often makes the difference between an up month and a down one for casinos.the letter was signed by new jersey's two democratic senators, bob menendez and cory booker, along with republican reps. frank lobiondo, leonard lance, and tom macarthur, and democrats josh gottheimer, albio sires, bonnie watson coleman, bill pascrell and donald payne.it was a response to a letter in november from sens. lindsey graham, r-s.c., and dianne feinstein, d-calif., asking the justice department to change course. the two senators want congress to determine whether to permit online gambling nationally.they voiced concern about a rapid, unchecked spread of gambling — something that has not happened. only four states — new jersey, nevada, delaware and pennsylvania — have legalized internet gambling, and new jersey's regulatory standards are considered the strictest in the nation.graham and feinstein repeated their warning of several years ago that...