New Jersey State Senator Speaks Out Against U.S. Legislation

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New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak came out against the federal government's proposed legislation that would legalize and regulate online poker, claiming such a bill would damage states like New Jersey.

Speaking to WCBS on Thursday Lesniak said: “I think it’s outrageous that these U.S. senators are trying to take away from the state of New Jersey and other states."

“They want to keep it to themselves, most likely focused on Nevada, to the exclusion of our casinos in Atlantic City which need all the help they can get."

Lesniak says that the bill would take money from New Jersey casinos that wish to generate revenue through internet gambling.

“If New Jersey allowed it, our casinos would get an additional $200 million of revenues a year. The senators in Washington would take away that opportunity and take away hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues that our casinos need."

“We just cannot let that happen,” Lesniak concluded.