New Jersey to Legalise Online Poker in April
Lawmakers in New Jersey are currently in the process of approving the changes Governor Chris Christie proposed to the online gaming bill. Once the changes have been made it is almost definite that Christie will sign the bill into law.
The bill is sponsored by State Senator Ray Lesniak who recently said that lawmakers will be voting on changes within the next few weeks, according to some reports the vote has now been scheduled for February 26th. Once that is complete Christie will have 45 days in which to sign.
This means that it is fairly likely that New Jersey will have legal online poker by the middle of April. However, it will take a while for games to become available as the licensing process is very slow. Nevada legalised online poker back in 2011 and so far no real money sites have gone live.
At first any games offered would only be within the state, however, it will be possible for the state to find ways of sharing player pools with other jurisdictions where online gambling is allowed. Most analysts expect that it will not be long before online poker operated from Atlantic City becomes available in other states.