Governor Christie Vetoes Online Poker Bill
New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie has decided to veto the legislation regarding online poker and send it back to lawmakers to have some changes made.
Christie outlined his desired changes in a 31-page document, legislators will now vote on the changes and if they are approved the bill will return to Christie for his signature.
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Ray Lesniak, says that the changes are “very minor”.
Christie is asking for a greater effort to combat problem gambling, a 10-year trial period on internet gaming, stronger safeguards against corruption and a 15% tax for the new business activity in place of the proposed 10% tax.
In a statement Christie said that the bill “represents an important policy decision for the residents of New Jersey, and a historic opportunity to continue the State’s leadership as a premiere destination for tourism and entertainment.
He went on to say that he believes “Such a significant step must be carefully considered, balancing the benefits of job creation, economic development, and the continued revitalization of Atlantic City against the risks of addiction, corruption and improper influence.”
However, despite the delay, poker fans everywhere are pleased that it does appear that Christie will definitely sign the bill.