Gov. Chris Christie said he won’t sign a bill that would allow smaller casinos to be built in Atlantic City before the rest of an ambitious package to rejuvenate the nation’s second-largest gambling market is also approved.
Bills to create a casino district with much greater state oversight and to loosen the amount of regulation that govern the city’s 11 casinos will be considered.
Christie said a deal could be hammered out on Monday if the Assembly agrees to push back its Christmas vacation, and said the deal would give Atlantic City certainty about its future.
The Internet gambling would be run by Atlantic City casinos and would include all games, including poker, that can be played at casinos.
Measures to expand off-track betting options and create exchange wagering on horse racing are up for votes. So too is a measure that would push legalized sports betting one step closer to reality.