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Senate president to seek ban on replacement refs in NJ

Published On: Sep 26 2012 10:33:06 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 26 2012 10:28:02 AM EDT

The furor over the work of replacement officials reached a fevered pitch during Week 3 in the NFL, especially Monday night when Seattle beat Green Bay on a desperation pass that many thought was an interception.


The president of the New Jersey Senate said he's drafting a bill to ban replacement referees from NFL games and other professional sports in New Jersey, where the New York Giants and New York Jets both play.

Democrat Steve Sweeney, an official in an ironworkers union, said the NFL's replacement referees have "made a mockery of the sport" and increased the potential for injuries.

Sweeney, a Green Bay Packers fan, also said substitute refs lower the quality of play and devalue fans' tickets.


The bill will not be introduced before next week.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he "can't say" whether Christie would sign the measure should it clear the Legislature.

The Giants and Jets both play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.