William J. Pascrell, III, Esq
With a prominent career in state and federal public affairs, William J. Pascrell, III ESQ is more commonly known as BPIII, is a partner with the Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc. BPIII has worked as Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey, Chief of Staff for a member of Congress, and was Passaic County Counsel from January 1998-2019 with support from both sides of the political aisle. As County Counsel, BPIII drafted and worked to get the Freeholders to adopt the toughest ethics code in New Jersey. BPIII has held various positions on political campaigns at the federal and state level including New Jersey Governors James Florio, Jon Corzine, and Dick Codey. Additionally, he has worked at a senior level on the Presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama.
BPIII is a founder and sits on the Board of Freedom Bank, a federally and state-chartered New Jersey bank. Along with these distinctions BPIII also serves on the Board of Directors of the NJ Community Development Corporation, Habitat for Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, North Jersey Country Club, and the United Way of Passaic County.
BPIII graduated in 1982 from Don Bosco Technical High School in Paterson, Rutgers University Cum Laude with a BA in 1986, Seton Hall Law School with a JD in 1989, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with an MPA in 1992. Bill was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1990 and is a member of the bar in Washington DC and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
In 1991 BPIII was selected as a delegate to the American Council of Young Political Leaders exchange program to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. In 1992 he was also a Leadership NJ Fellow.
BPIII has worked on behalf of many industries in both Trenton, New Jersey, and Washington DC including Pharmaceutical, Petroleum, Energy, Transportation, Law Enforcement, Health Care along with major development projects.
In the area of gaming and casino, BPIII has various gaming interests throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Canada, and Israel. His clients include Trump, Pinnacle, The AC Chamber of Commerce, The NJ Casino Association, Sportech, Playtech, Camelot Lottery, Hard Rock Casinos, IMEGA, High 5 Games, Global Betting Exchange, Cashbet, Ezugi, PickLive, Line Gaming Holdings, Game Sports Network, The New Meadowlands Racetrack, Liberty Rising Casino, The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, OTG Management, Rational Services, Vote Yes on Sports Betting in NJ Coalition and Poker Stars. He has become the state’s top expert with regards to internet gaming issues and has recently lead the campaign to pass an NJ Sports Betting law after a successful statewide referendum campaign which BPIII managed. BPIII continues to advise the Christie Administration, and the NJ State Legislature on the ongoing federal lawsuit involving sports betting, the NFL et. al. vs. Chris Christie.
Most notably BPIII leads a multi-year campaign to pass the New Jersey On-Line Gaming Act recently signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. BPIII is also a member of the GiGSE (Global Internet Gaming and Sports Experts) Board of Advisors.
BPIII is also Executive Director of the newly formed AI2G American Institute for i-Gaming which was founded to promote legal, regulated Internet gambling at the state, tribal and federal levels through education, research advocacy, and outreach to government and other key stakeholders in the United States.
BP3 spearheaded the strategic alliance between H2 Gambling Capital and Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc. (PPAG). The alliance merges H2 Gambling Capital, the leading authority regarding market data and operator intelligence in the gambling industry globally, with PPAG, the leading strategic advisory, government and public affairs, legal services and communications firm in the US gaming industry. This alliance will promote and support these joint ventures unique, global, and leading-edge professional services in the US. The alliance will leverage BP3’s credibility and extensive direct hands-on experience with respect to the US sports betting industry to deliver the highest quality market data and operator intelligence to the emerging regulated sports betting marketplace.
The political web site, Politics NJ, named BPIII in their Power List of top 100 political players in New Jersey. In 2003, NJBIZ magazine featured Bill in its annual Forty Under 40 edition. For the past 10 years, NJBIZ has recognized 40 young men and women for their outstanding contributions to the New Jersey Business Community. BPIII is the star of the weekly show “The Battling Bills” which is on every Sunday on Comcast CN8. He is also a regular political commentator on talk shows like “It’s Your Call” with Lynn Doyle, “Diner Politics” with Laura Jones, News 12’s “Power and Politics” and has participated in live Court TV Internet discussions. In 2005 BPIII was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy award for performance on the “Battling Bills” weekly national political show.