Christie sees NJ as "epicenter" of Internet gaming
Christie vetoed an online measure last year, being reluctant at the time to move forward without legal clarity at the federal level. Last month’s ruling by the Department of Justice that the Wire Act of 1961 applies only to sports betting has given online gaming measures a new life around the country and, particularly, in New Jersey, whose gaming capital in Atlantic City continues to struggle in the face of expanded gaming in the northeast.
“I think we should be an epicenter for that business, but I want to do it right -- I do not want to rush and get legislation that either doesn't pass state constitutional muster, or creates other problems for us,” Christie told Reuters.
The state legislature was expected to vote on an Internet gaming bill earlier this week, but Democratic Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has led the effort, said he expects a bill within the first few weeks of the new legislative session which started Tuesday.