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New Jersey Still Waiting On Web Gaming Decision

Governor Has Until Feb. 3 To Sign Or Veto The Measure


Another week went by and poker players, as well as Atlantic City, still await a decision from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on an Internet gaming bill that currently sits on his desk.

Late last month, state lawmakers rushed a bill through the legislature.

Gov. Christie has had a bill that would legalize online poker hit his hands before. However, he decided to veto the measure when he was faced with the decision in 2011.

The governor has been busy lately addressing the gun control issue and recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which rocked the state’s coastline late last year.

One Internet gaming backer in the Garden State told Card Player that the new business activity could help provide some relief after the devastating storm.

Just this week, it was announced that, for the first time ever, Pennsylvania overtook New Jersey in gaming revenue for an entire year. Atlantic City has slumped since 2006.

While everyone waits on the decision, PokerStars has made a move to buy a casino in Atlantic City in hopes of one day being able to offer online poker through there. The Internet gaming bill would give casino operators the exclusive right to run games.

Gov. Christie has until Feb. 3 to sign or veto the bill.