July 24, 2011 – New Jersey lawmakers are telling the US Department of Justice,
that their state has every right to enact intra-state Internet gambling, and that their efforts are permitted under current federal law.
Nov. 9, 2011 –
After a two-year long effort, in the courts and in the state legislature, voters overwhelmingly supported the beginning of legal sports wagering in New Jersey. Voters approved the constitutional question by a final margin of 65% in favor, 35% opposed.
Jan. 17, 2012 – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law a constitutional amendment that will permit sports betting at the state’s casinos and race tracks.
March 7, 2012 – N.J. Passes Bill S1565, All Bets On Internet Gambling for 2012
Now today sources around the web, including CSR, has released breaking news that Senator Lesniak’s Bill S1565 has passed through committee and is on its way to the Senate floor as earlier as May. The Internet gambling bill will allow Atlantic City casinos to take bets from gamblers in other states as well as other countries, as long as federal and state authorities agree it’s legal.
“This is another step forward toward my goal of New Jersey becoming the Silicon Valley of Internet gaming, generating hundreds of millions in revenues for our casino industry, thousands of jobs for Atlantic City, and tens of millions of revenues for our Casino Revenue Fund to help seniors and the disabled,” Sen. Raymond Lesniak told the Associated Press.
The bill still faces many obstacles, including possible legal challenges, concerns on the part of Gov. Chris Christie, and a demand by supporters of horse racing that the state’s tracks be allowed to offer Internet gambling as well.
Reported by Maggie B.