Volume 7/Issue 19

  • RCSG Welcomes Bard High School Early College
  • RCSG helps DraftKings & FanDuel pass industry-wide regulatory framework in NJ
  • Gubernatorial Tidbits
  • RCSG Mourns the Passing of Senator Jim Whelan

RCSG Welcomes Bard High School Early College

River Crossing Strategy Group would like to welcome Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) to our family of clients.

Established in 2011, BHSEC Newark is a public high school operated in partnership with Bard College and the Newark Public Schools. It is a nationally recognized early college program that provides students with a dual high school and college curriculum.  This curriculum allows its students to graduate in four years with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree, at no cost to the student.

RCSG is proud and excited to work with such an innovative, ground-breaking education program that is building our state’s future leaders and helping make college and college credits more accessible and affordable for many.

RCSG helps DraftKings & FanDuel pass industry-wide regulatory framework in NJ

In late August, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law that created a new regulatory system for the daily fantasy sports industry in New Jersey.  The legislation was sponsored by Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee Chairman Ralph Caputo and the late Senator Jim Whelan.

RCSG clients DraftKings and FanDuel led a working group of industry stakeholders that worked with the legislative sponsors and state officials to help create, and enact, this legislation. The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs will act as the regulatory authority for the industry and companies operating within the state will be subject to a 10.5% tax paid quarterly, on the companies’ gross revenue.

“This law establishes a comprehensive, lasting regulatory framework for fantasy sports in New Jersey. By taking this action, New Jersey is now the sixteenth state to enact a law protecting fantasy sports fans and guaranteeing their right to play the games they love, while establishing rules to protect consumers as the industry grows and ensure the continued integrity of fantasy sports contests,” said Marc LaVorgna, Spokesperson for DraftKings and FanDuel.  

Gubernatorial Tidbits

The campaign for governor continues to heat up.  

  • Ambassador Phil Murphy condemned President Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Child Hood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The program provides a form of amnesty to over 800,000 “Dreamers,” or children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States in their youth. According to Observer.com, the Ambassador, if elected Governor, vowed to block the Trump Administration’s “from using any personal information it has collected from New Jersey’s undocumented immigrants for enforcement or deportation purposes.”  He also vowed to appoint an attorney general in line with his philosophy and whose office would join with other states suing the federal government to prevent it from halting DACA. 
  • Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno unveiled her plan to strengthen the state’s ethics rules and bring greater transparency and accountability to government.  The ethics components include banning officials from seeking two offices or holding two public jobs at once and enacting a five-year lobbying ban from administration officials.  On transparency, she will require executive branch cabinet officials to give out their cell phone numbers, strengthen income reporting requirements on ELEC disclosure forms for elected officials and candidates for state office and her administration will push for the passage of a law that mandates legislative and executive branch elected officials to release their tax returns annually.  Her accountability initiatives include an elected attorney general and term limits.

RCSG Mourns the Passing of Senator Jim Whelan

New Jersey lost a dedicated public servant and RCSG lost a good friend with the passing of State Senator Jim Whelan at the end of the August.

Senator Whelan was a tireless advocate for Atlantic City, where he also served as a mayor, and was recognized on a bipartisan basis for his thoughtful, collegial and deliberative style that he brought to the State Legislature.  

River Crossing Strategy Group wishes to send its deepest condolences to the Senator’s family, staff and all who knew him.   He will be sorely missed.