His decision to sign the bill was based on many factors, some of which were a complete reversal from his views two years ago when he vetoed a similar bill. With a state hard hit by weather disasters, budget crises, and unemployment, Governor Christie had to help develop a bill that could balance the benefits of job creation and economic stability with, as the Wall Street Journal describes as “the risks–addiction, corruption, and improper influence.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Christie introduced the bill as “a responsible yet exciting option that will make Atlantic City more competitive while also bringing financial benefits to New Jersey as a whole.”
Christie’s autograph on the bill makes New Jersey the most populous state to allow its residents to place bets online. While Nevada and Delaware are also on board the online gambling train, New Jersey is expected to offer more than just online poker from its servers in Atlantic City. This story will continue to develop as Atlantic City-based casino companies prepare to offer games online to NJ residents and as state officials seek to form partnerships with other states in an effort to increase the player pool (and also revenue for all states involved).
This may be only the beginning for online gambling in the United States, but rest assured it has begun. Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts!
New Jersey could see signed Internet gaming legislation in as few as five days, if New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, keeps his word.
While Gov. Christie was in Lavallete, New Jersey on Tuesday he addressed questions regarding the online gaming bill. He went on to say that as long as the state Assembly and Senate approve a bill with his recommended changes to the legislation, “There’s no reason not to sign it quickly.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto on Thursday on the hot Internet Gambling bill for his state.
In a press release, Governor Christie stated:
“This bill represents an important policy decision for the residents of New Jersey, and a historic opportunity to continue the State’s leadership as a premiere destination for tourism and entertainment.
Bob McDevitt, president of the Local 54 arm of Atlantic City’s largest casino union, UNITE HERE, is urging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign the state’s proposed Internet Gambling law.
According to its website, UNITE HERE is the largest union of gaming workers in the world, and represents 48% of employees in the commercial gaming industry throughout the United States, including the top three gambling companies, Harrah’s Entertainment, MGM Mirage, and Boyd Gaming.