U.S. senators weigh in on lockout

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey's senators are urging both sides
in the NHL lockout to consider the economic impact on their state
if the dispute is not resolved.

U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg sent a letter
Monday to the commissioner of the National Hockey League and the
director of the NHL Players' Association urging them to reach a

The Democrats write that Congress has jurisdiction over
interstate commerce, which includes professional sports, and will
be keeping a "close eye" on negotiations.

The letter warns that the absence of New Jersey Devils' games in
Newark could mean millions of dollars in lost economic activity and
jobs in especially tough economic times. The Devils advanced to the
Stanley Cup Finals last season, creating a financial boost to the
city just five months ago.

The lockout comes on the heels of the NBA's Nets moving from
Newark to Brooklyn, N.Y.