Online Casino Bill Passes NJ Committee

By Debra SaundersGoogle

New Jersey is pushing forward with its online casino games legislation. Senator Ray Lesniak’s bill, which would allow casinos in Atlantic City to provide online gaming to players, passed an Appropriations Committee hearing earlier in the week.

The legislation, known as Bill A2578, will now go the general Assembly for vote.

According to the legislation, Atlantic City online casino games operators will be allowed to accept online bets from gamblers outside the state's borders, with the US federal law compliance requirement.

Supporters believe that the passage of the bill will boost revenue for Atlantic City casinos, as they have suffered as a result of the economical situation in the United States as well the expansion of gambling in neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Maryland.

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, one of the bill’s sponsors, 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.”

According to reports earlier in the month, New Jersey plans to move ahead with the legalization of sports betting. Governor Chris Christie is in full support of the intiative but expects that the bill will be blocked from the federal level.

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