Online gambling is closer to fruition in the state of New Jersey after the Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee cleared the bill to move forward. The bill, A2578, will now move forward to the Assembly for a full vote and hopefully the option will be available very soon.
Governor Chris Christie has been on the fence with this option and seems to go back and forth with supporting and then not supporting the bill. Christie has stated he will not be supporting any measure that hurts the recovery of Atlantic City so creators of the bill have placed a measure that would prohibit restaurants and bars from hosting online gambling options or advertising for the option.
Those who are in favor of the online gambling option have stated that the option will boost revenues in Atlantic City. The casinos in the city have suffered greatly as neighboring states begin to offer gambling options.
Ralph Caputo an assemblyman in the state has stated that gambling should be offered in other parts of the state as well so there are more options for those who are not close to Atlantic City. Caputo also would like to see racetracks offering online gambling via special gaming rooms.
The bill plans to see only games available at the state’s casino available online and the software would be created with security measures so minors would not be able to access the site. Vincent Prieto, an assemblyman in the state and sponsor of the bill stated: “Most everything has migrated to the internet and taken advantage of the consumer and revenue options it offers and New Jersey’s gaming industry should be no different.”
The online gambling bill has now cleared the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee and has another measure that has reached the senate. It will be interesting to see if the bill will be passed into law and we will keep you updated as the information is released.
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