An online gaming bill has been circulating for quite some time in the state of New Jersey that, if passsed, would allow casino and poker games to take place online only in the state. The bill has stalled several times in the legislation process and it appears that the measure is now moving forward yet again. An amended version of the bill was passed in the New Jersey Assembly, just yesterday, and will now move forward for futher voting.
Ray Lesniak, a Senator of the state and a leading sponsor of the measure, predicted that the full assembly will vote by December 17th on the measure and the state Senate will vote on December 20th. However the bill has stalled before and and it could be yet again. Lesniak spoke with supporters of the measure yesterday and stated: “It’s still not too late for Atlantic City to become the Silicon Valley of Internet Gaming.” However, it seems that the state of Nevada is ahead in the state online gambling contest.
Originally, the bill was set to be passed in March but the measure was stalled until June. The state Assembly committee then passed a bill that was slightly different than the version of the Senate. Government officials then took the summer off and it was not until this past Monday that the measure was brought back into the fore front.
The Assembly committee now has accepted a revised version of the bill and the bill will now have to go forward to the full Assembly and Senate before it will be sent to Governor Christie. Just last year, Christie vetoed the concept of state run online gaming options so it is unclear as to how Christie will vote if the measure makes it to his desk. In the next few weeks, we shall see if online gaming will become a reality in the state of New Jersey, or if it will be stalled once again.
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