N.J. Senate overwhelmingly OKs online casino gambling bill
Thursday, December 20, 2012 Last updated: Thursday December 20, 2012, 4:39 PM
BY JOHN BRENNAN
Print | E-mail The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would let New Jersey residents to play online versions of casino games anywhere in the state. The 33-3 vote gives Governor Christie 45 days to decide whether he wants to veto the proposal, as he did nearly two years ago.
The vote followed a 48-25 Assembly vote on Monday in favor of online gambling, which supporters say already occurs illegally. New Jersey is in a race with several states, including California and Nevada, to be the first to offer such gambling. A Congressional bill that would have made online poker legal at the federal level while banning all other online versions of casino games has languished in the lame-duck session, leaving the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, to question whether the federal government would take any action in 2013.
Christie last year objected to a provision in the New Jersey bill that would have permitted the state Racing Commission to approve up to $30 million in horse racing purse subsidies, while also expressing concern that so-called “Internet cafés” might pop up all over the state with café owners advertising to attract customers. The purse subsidy clause has been removed, and the bill’s sponsors say that new language prohibiting advertising would render the internet café issue moot.
But Christie last year also called it a “legal fiction” to say that the bill does not run afoul of a state law that permits gambling only in Atlantic City, with exceptions for horse racing and the lottery. Bill supporters are counting on a legal opinion by a constitutional scholar that the bill passes muster as long as the electronic servers that complete the betting process are located in Atlantic City.
A spokesman for Christie has declined to comment on whether the revisions in the bill would change the governor’s mind about the bill.
The Casino Association of New Jersey now supports Internet wagering if it is “implemented in a lawful, appropriate, thoughtful and prudent fashion,” said the association’s president, Tony Rodio.
“We believe that the pending legislation goes a long way towards fulfilling those objectives,” Rodio said.
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