New Jersey took another step towards online gaming today as the state assembly voted by 48-24 margin in favor of legalizing online gaming in the state. The bill will now head to the state Senate on Thursday where it is also expected to pass. What is unknown, however, is Governor Chris Christie’s opinion on the revised bill. Christie vetoed a similar bill two years ago but has offered guarded support for this revised version.
New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak estimated the casinos could gross $100 million annually from online gaming, with 10 percent of the revenues benefitting the state in taxes. Lesniak also believes that online gaming could lead to the addition of hundreds of high-paying technical jobs, as well as the opportunity to run online games for other states as they vote to permit it.
“The Internet has long been a reality, and Internet gaming in New Jersey should now be reality too,” said Assemblyman Ruben Ramos. “We have to move aggressively and thoughtfully to position our gaming industry to succeed, and this is another step toward that goal. It will mean economic growth and job creation for our state.”
“Most everything else 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,” said Assemblyman Vincent Prieto. “This is a carefully crafted bill designed to ensure Internet gaming on casino games is offered the right way. It’s a much-needed competitive step forward for our casinos that could also raise more revenue to benefit senior and disabled citizens.”