Internet poker in the state of New Jersey has suffered another setback, according to a report in Philly.com, which suggests that State Governor Chris Christie may delay his approval of a bill to legalize the activity.
Christie had previously vetoed a bill that would permit internet poker on fears that it would contravene federal regulations, but, following the clarification on the 1961 Wire Act by the Department of Justice, had reversed his position, and signalled his intention to approve any subsequent bill that included measures that would create internet poker-related jobs in Atlantic City.
However, with Christie now mentioned as a possible running mate for Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, and possibly in line for a number of other plum jobs even if that doesn’t happen, that support seems to be on hold. Romney is relying on the support of several implacable opponents of internet gaming, including Chairman and CEO of Sands Sheldon Adelson and Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets.
New Jersey Senator Raymond Lesniak, who has worked tirelessly to promote the cause of internet poker in the state, said of this latest move: “Christie is putting the future of A.C. in jeopardy because of his overriding concern for support from Adelson. Atlantic City casino revenues have declined 29 of the 30 months since Gov. Christie’s been in office. Internet gaming will add $200 million a year to their revenues, and likely will make the difference between some closing or staying open and saving hundreds of jobs.”
It seems unlikely, therefore, that New Jersey residents will be able to enjoy internet poker before 2013, with November – after the elections – regarded as the earliest that any intra-state poker bill could be signed into law.
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