An Internet gambling bill passed in NJ’s state assembly Monday by a vote of 48-24-4. The bill’s top sponsor, State Sen. Ray Lesniak, told Poker News that it will pass in the Senate on Thursday and will end up on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.
The state is focus for Internet gambling since PokerStars, a hugely popular Internet site, is considering a purchase of a struggling Atlantic City casino. The bill that passed in the assembly, A2578, was amended earlier to remove a provision prohibiting the licensing of companies like PokerStars that serve U.S. customers following the enactment of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. PokerNews reports that the amendment was made “with the thought that Atlantic City should welcome investment from the world’s largest poker site.”
Last year Christie vetoed a similar piece of legislation. It’s unclear whether the Governor will sign this bill.