WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement in reaction to the "Restoration of America's Wire Act" introduced today in both houses of Congress to ban online gaming:

"Blanket prohibition of internet gaming will empower black market operators at the expense of responsible states like New Jersey which have invested in creating a secure internet gaming structure. This bill would have the perverse effect of putting millions of American poker players at risk while doing nothing to prevent minors from playing online, combat fraud or crack down on other illegal activities. Simply put, blanket prohibition of internet gaming is a futile attempt to apply an antiquated approach to a 21st century issue."