Online gaming on hold in New Jersey

Legislation to allow Internet betting on casino games in New Jersey will not come up for a vote before Tuesday’s start of the new legislative session.

While the vote is being delayed, Sen. Ray Lesniak said he hopes the measure will be considered early in the new session. He said Gov. Chris Christie has asked him to meet to work out some legal issues.

“I’m convinced that a constitutional amendment is not needed. The voters approved of casino gambling way back when. This is the same thing. It’s casino gambling. It’s going to be run by Atlantic City casinos. They’re going to be licensed. Their servers are based in Atlantic City as my bill will require,” said Lesniak. “I’m certain that it complies with the constitution.”

Lesniak said he wants New Jersey to beat Nevada in establishing itself as the hub for online gaming. He says that has the potential to create thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars in revenue.

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