Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has until February 7th to sign a piece of legislation that will legalize online gambling in the state. The piece of legislation has gained approval from New Jersey legislature and simply needs one signature to be made a reality. In the beginning, Christie seemed as though he would sign the bill, no problem. However, now it seems as though he is backtracking and the Poker Players Alliance group is now on board to try and give Christie the push he needs to sign the legislation into law.
The PPA published a news release yesterday which states that they are urging the governor to sign the piece of legislation. The group is calling for all PPA members to work hard to show Christie that he needs to sign the bill into law. The release stated:
“The New Jersey legislature voted in near unanimity to revive the state’s gaming economy by making New Jersey an epicenter for online gaming and poker. Since the legislation was sent to Governor Christie’s desk, the public has been unanimous in its support for the bill. Thousands of New Jersey residents have contacted the Governor urging him to sign the bill into law,” said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “In addition to providing New Jersey poker players with a safe and regulated online poker market, this important legislation will add millions in state revenue and thousands of jobs to the state. New Jersey has the opportunity to be a leader in a vibrant and thriving 21st Century industry, and we hope Governor Christie recognizes the many benefits this bill will bring to this state and its citizens.”
The PPA has created a special webpage that is calling for all New Jersey residents, if they are PPA members or not, to contact the governor. They have listed email options, a telephone number as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts to the governor so he can be urged to sign the legislation. This campaign was essentially launched last week and according to the PPA, over 500 calls have been sent to the governor, over 1,300 emails have been sent out and the social networks have been flooded with responses from those who want to see online gambling made available in the state.
It will be interesting to see if this effort pays off and we have only a few days until the bill must be signed or vetoed. The full press release from the PPA can be read here.