A New Jersey lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would regulate daily fantasy sports in his state, putting a state agency widely considered the toughest gambling regulator in the country in charge of it.
State Sen. Jim Whelan, a former Atlantic City mayor, says he’ll introduce a bill after conferring with the state Gaming Enforcement Division, which would oversee daily fantasy sports play in New Jersey.
His move comes shortly after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ridiculed the concept of regulating daily fantasy sports during last week’s Republican presidential debate. Christie said the federal government has more important priorities with terrorists on the march overseas and financial woes here and abroad,
Whelan’s draft legislation states that daily fantasy sports is a game of skill and not chance.