The online poker industry is only just beginning in the United States and can always benefit from government officials in a position of power that are proponents of the activity. New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak has been a proponent of legalized and regulated gambling for some time now and just recently stated he plans on running for the position of governor in the 2017 election. If elected, Lesniak could be very beneficial in helping the industry in New Jersey as well as the US continue to grow.
According to PokerNews, Lesniak has not ‘officially’ announced he is running for governor of the state. However, he did announce that he will not be seeking another term in legislature and that he is looking into running for the governor position. The office of Lesniak sent out an email last week which had a subject line that the senator was announcing his bid for governor.
Speaking with the news source on the telephone, Lesniak stated that his official position has been that if enough people show their belief and support in him running, then he would definitely choose to do so. Lesniak has held a democratic position in legislature of New Jersey for 37 years and has shown persistence when it comes to pushing for laws as well as opportunity to earn money for the state.
The state senator fought for online poker and casino gaming in New Jersey as far back as 2010 when he introduced legislation that would later be vetoed by Governor Chris Christie. The senator then reintroduced the legislation in 2012 with changes that had been mentioned by Christie. This bill was also vetoed but additional changes were made and online gambling was passed into law in the state.
If elected, Lesniak plans on fighting Sheldon Adelson’s efforts to stop online gambling in the US on a federal level. He also plans on being aggressive in trying to work with other states to join up with New Jersey to create online poker liquidity within the state. The state senator is also looking into allowing individuals from other countries to be able to take part in sites available in Atlantic City.
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