For the first time, people in New Jersey will be able to click a mouse or swipe a screen to gamble online.
Technology companies working with the Atlantic City casinos tell The Associated Press they intentionally set their digital fences slightly away from the edge of New Jersey’s borders.
New Jersey is extending its self-exclusion list to allow people to ban themselves from online betting.
The state Gaming Enforcement Division told The Associated Press on Friday that Atlantic City’s casinos may begin a “soft play” period on Nov. 21 for invited guests. If all goes well, the casinos can begin full Internet gambling at 9 a.m. on Nov. 26.
Earlier this month, the legislature approved a different online gambling bill that was vetoed by Christie who called for slight changes to the measure. The changes were adopted and the bill passed by large margins in the state Assembly and Senate on Tuesday.
The governor of Nevada has signed a bill legalizing online gambling there and one New Jersey gaming attorney and consultant believes it will happen in the Garden State, too.
In a statement that read more like an endorsement than a veto, Christie said he supports online gambling, with some minor changes, including bumping up the tax rate on casinos’ online winnings from 10 percent to 15 percent.
The president of Atlantic City’s largest casino workers’ union called on Gov. Chris Christie to sign an Internet gambling bill, saying online betting revenue could make the difference between two or more casinos surviving or having to close.
25 people have been indicted in the nationwide sports betting ring that had tentacles in several Las Vegas casinos, where NYPD Inspector Brian O’Neil says operatives influenced legal betting to increase payouts.
“I think it’s outrageous that these U.S. senators are trying to take away from the state of New Jersey and other states,” New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak told WCBS 880′s Levon Putney.
As Connecticut lawmakers ponder whether to legalize online gambling in the state, an expert testifying before a state committee says online betting is accessible to gamblers right now.
Gov. Dan Malloy believes a recent Justice Department legal opinion opens the door for online gambling in every state. Republican leader John McKinney is not on board.
Gov. Dan Malloy says it’s inevitable that online gambling will come to Connecticut and his administration is investigating what can be done to protect jobs associated with the state’s two tribal casinos.
Lesniak said he’ll try to get a bill through the Legislature and on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk by next week. The goal is to make New Jersey the national leader in online gambling.
Revenues have been down for 34 straight months, but experts say the almost three-year long streak could be broken soon.