New Jersey Aims to Become Online Gambling Hotspot
Legislators in New Jersey are hoping that Atlantic City can become one of the world’s online gambling hotspots. State Senator Ray Lesniak, the senator behind the original drive for online gambling in the state, has introduced new legislation which would allow this to happen.The bill he has put forward would allow online gambling companies to operate from New Jersey and provide online gambling games to players across the globe. However, it doesn’t mean that these companies could offer their services to residents of New Jersey. Any companies which set up in New Jersey would have to go through the same licensing process and partner with an Atlantic City land casino in order to offer online gambling within the state.
Following consultation with fellow State Senator Jim Whelan, Lesniak modified his bill to require companies to base their online gambling operations in Atlantic City.
Whelan said, “Obviously from Atlantic City’s perspective, the casino companies and so on, it’s good for the city and it avoids any potential constitutional issues. Do it in Atlantic City. The companies are going to be here anyway.”
Lesniak said, “The Atlantic City casino industry is well-regulated and highly respected, which gives us an advantage. We can capitalize on our strengths and attract business to build and invest in our state. We shouldn’t allow these opportunities to migrate overseas to other countries.”