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New Jersey Seeks to Legalise Online Gambling

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Despite the fact that federally in the United States, the legalisation and regulation of online gambling continues to be something of a ‘taboo’, some states like New Jersey are pushing to legalise the popular internet activity within their borders.

According to reports, lawmakers in New Jersey are eager to legalise online gambling in the hope of saving the state’s ailing land casino and horse racing industries. And in this vain, New Jersey Senator Raymond J. Lesniak has authored several bills designed to pave the way forward.

In early November, Lesniak’s bill S-490 (and its companion S11) was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, and just last week they were approved by the New Jersey Senate. This means it just has to be passed by the state assembly and then signed into law by New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.

And, incredibly, this could happen before the end of the year, making New Jersey the first state in America with a legalised and regulated online gambling industry. But if passed, only New Jersey residents would be permitted to join the respective online gambling sites.

However, in a sly move, Lesniak added an amendment to his bill that would allow foreign online gamblers to access and play and wager on New Jersey online gambling websites, with the objective of increasing their player numbers, and thus revenues.

Interestingly, Lesniak’s S-490 bill was one of seven bills passed by the New Jersey Senate designed to revive Atlantic City’s struggling casino and horse racing industries.

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