Online Gambling Unites Democrats and Republicans in New Jersey
New Jersey is expected to approve online gambling by the end of the month after democratic leaders of both houses announced that they supported Governor Chris Christie’s changes to the bill.
The proposed bill, which was rejected last year, appears to be uniting Democrats and Republicans as both parties see the need to generate extra revenue for the state.
There are reports that New Jersey has a shortfall of $500 million in the current budget.
Both houses of the state Legislature will be voting on the bill on February 26th.
Senate President Steve Sweeney said, “It cannot be stressed enough how important it was that New Jersey be ahead of the curve on Internet gaming.
I appreciate the governor’s having agreed to allow it to move forward … The sooner we bring Internet gaming to New Jersey, the better off Atlantic City is going to be.”
Christie has said that his proposed changes will balance “the benefits of job creation, economic development, and the continued revitalisation of Atlantic City against the risks of addiction, corruption and improper influence.”