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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Says He Favors Internet Gambling Bill[ return to main articles page ]

By: Dan Cypra    [See all articles by Dan Cypra]
Published on Jan 5th, 2012
On Wednesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (pictured), who previously vetoed a bill that would have launched the first intrastate online poker market in the U.S., clarified his stance on the issue. Christie told NorthJersey.com, "Folks should know I favor it, I want to do it... I think being able to have this be an Atlantic City-centric thing is something that makes sense to me. And given the Justice Department's go ahead for people to be able to do it, I think we should go ahead and move on it. But, we have to do it in a responsible way and it should be Atlantic City-centric."

Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) Chairman Joe Brennan, who has been closely following the legislation in New Jersey, told PocketFives on Thursday, "It's very encouraging to see that Governor Christie is working hard to address all of the questions and concerns people have regarding bringing internet gambling to New Jersey. It's nice to see him closely engaged in this and we're looking forward to seeing this pass before the end of the month."

Christie added that he is in favor of intrastate internet gambling legislation, but only if it could withstand pressure on multiple fronts: "I think New Jersey should be in that business. I think we should be an epicenter for that business, but I want to do it right. I do not want to rush and get legislation that either doesn't pass state constitutional muster or creates other problems for us." Christie vetoed the initial legislation proposed by State Senator Raymond Lesniak in May.

Earlier this week, it was rumored that New Jersey lawmakers could approve intrastate online gaming as soon as next Monday, the final day of the current legislative session. However, according to multiple sources, that time line is now delayed. Nevertheless, Lesniak (pictured) told NorthJersey.com, "I've agreed to reintroduce internet gaming in the next legislative session and I expect that we can get it through the Legislature and signed by the Governor within the first few weeks of the new session."

With states like Nevada already accepting applications for operators and others like California and Iowa chomping at the bit, the race is on in New Jersey to act.

There appears to be a distinct advantage to being the first-mover in the internet gambling market, leaving Lesniak to remark, "While I remain hopeful that New Jersey can take the lead on this exciting new direction for wagering - which would result in new revenues, new jobs, and new economic activity in the Garden State - I recognize that the complex issues surrounding internet wagering will take more time to iron out than we are afforded in the waning days of the current legislative session."

Meanwhile, New Jersey's gaming revenues have come under fire from the expansion of gambling in nearby states like Pennsylvania and Delaware. On Thursday, NorthJersey.com published a separate article about a potential casino in Queens, New York, which could potentially exacerbate New Jersey's gaming woes. The Garden State is apparently contemplating building its own casino at the storied Meadowlands, just a stone's throw from much of New York City and connected to the Big Apple via a rail line.

Whether a casino in Queens would have poker tables remains to be seen, but on TwoPlusTwo, several members of the community looked forward to the possibility of legalized gambling in their backyard. One wrote, "I'm moving to NY soon and I would love some legal poker rooms. My friends in the city who play poker have told me horror stories about the 10 percent rake at the underground rooms."

In the end, the expansion of gambling live and online boils down, in part, to jobs. As one poster on TwoPlusTwo wrote, "Personally, I think this will happen and happen fast. People in NY need good-paying, recession-proof jobs and casinos are it. It also gives the whole area a boost [by] injecting money into the economy."

Stay tuned to PocketFives for the latest poker legislation news.

Comments

  1. Funny, Black Friday was blamed on Republicans. No mention of Governor Chris Christie's political party in this article. Looks like the Republicans are leading the charge for legalizing this activity.
  2. Sounds promising. Christie dropped the ball originally by vetoing a bill that had huge support in state legislature. Hopefully this time around he doesn't do a 2nd flip flop and go back against the will of the legislature and his statements that were presented in this article.
  3. LOL at casinos being "recession proof"! Vegas is one of the hardest hit areas by unemployment since the recession. I can't think of many other things that people would stop before gambling and traveling once their disposable income has vanished.
  4. can't fathom christie being more of a dolt...he favors it...yet he was the sole reason it wasn't passed the last time the bill got through...


    instead of blindly vetoing last time he could have tried to get clarification...
    Edited By: Gags30 Jan 6th, 2012 at 01:23 AM
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  5. Does anyone know what was changed in the legislation that made him change his position?
  6.  
    Originally Posted by P0KERDUUDE View Post

    Does anyone know what was changed in the legislation that made him change his position?


    Maybe, he just met the right lobbyist.
  7. Do you think stars would be aloud back?
  8.  
    Originally Posted by P0KERDUUDE View Post

    Does anyone know what was changed in the legislation that made him change his position?

    The newest rumored bill contains a clause that says the gaming servers need to be located in Atlantic City, which should in theory help the casinos out financially. Also, I think the DOJ announcement is really pushing Christie along. You couple that with the growing threat from New York City and this could actually happen soon.
     
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  9.  
    Originally Posted by Newberry View Post

    Do you think stars would be aloud back?

    I remember reading that GBT or what ever negotiated to make sure FTP would be allow back to the US if online poker ever came back prior to purchasing it, the rumor was that with out that the deal would have fallen through. I read this in a couple articles. So I would assume Stars will be allowed back. I sure hope so. But if city's like AC and Vegas get involved the casino's will build their own sites I'm sure they will get preferential treatment....
  10.  
    Originally Posted by Dan View Post

    The newest rumored bill contains a clause that says the gaming servers need to be located in Atlantic City, which should in theory help the casinos out financially. Also, I think the DOJ announcement is really pushing Christie along. You couple that with the growing threat from New York City and this could actually happen soon.



    stars wont be allowed back and even if they do legalize poker they are not going to allow us to play with anyone from outside of the US. Only US residents will be allowed to play against each other. Its a bunch of government bs just so they get there tax money.
  11. Go Jersey GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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  12. This sounds like a complete shit show. Not only will you not be able to play against international players but you will be limited to playing only against those in your state.

    All that's talked about is how it can help the state make money. There is no credence given to how it can be a good experience for the players.

    Finally lets remember that this is an internet gaming bill, not a poker bill. Ask anyone in the casino biz what games make them the most money. It won't be poker. So really how much time, effort and consideration is going to be put into makng it a great experience for poker players?
     
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  13.  
    Originally Posted by Newberry View Post

    Do you think stars would be aloud back?

    #cmon son, is that really how you think allowed is spelled? That's gotta be the most tilting misspelling I've ever sean.
  14.  
    Originally Posted by P0KERDUUDE View Post

    Does anyone know what was changed in the legislation that made him change his position?

    Probably all of a sudden realized there is an unreal amount of money to be made? I am pretty sure New Jersey is struggling as a state and this would bring in an unreal amount of tax money? It's always about money, never about whats actually right and wrong. They shut it down now they will say its ok and start it up as long as the money is coming to them... I dont really know obv just saying probably realized they need the money...

     
    Originally Posted by jon_midas View Post

    #cmon son, is that really how you think allowed is spelled? That's gotta be the most tilting misspelling I've ever sean.

    I do hope you are just messing around... make fun of his spelling on allowed then spell seen ... sean? please say thats just a joke...
  15. If you allow people from every state to play against each other, some states are going to miss out on the revenue.
  16.  
    Originally Posted by Lengthwise905 View Post

    I do hope you are just messing around... make fun of his spelling on allowed then spell seen ... sean? please say thats just a joke...

    knot a joke...
  17.  
    Originally Posted by jon_midas View Post

    knot a joke...

    Jon you are really going to post over a spelling mistake???? Your pathetic!!!!!!
  18.  
    Originally Posted by Newberry View Post

    Jon you are really going to post over a spelling mistake???? Your pathetic!!!!!!

    You're*
  19.  
    Originally Posted by jon_midas View Post

    knot a joke...

    okieee juz maken searue
  20.  
    Originally Posted by WWF2012 View Post

    You're*


    You are is also correct
 
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