New Jersey Governor Vetoes Internet Gambling Bill

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill for the second time that would legalize and regulate internet gambling in the Garden State, citing that he would like to see a ten year trial time and higher tax rates on cyber casinos.

Christie vetoed the bill as a time limit to decide on the bill was coming up. The Governor said that he wants to see the tax rate for internet casinos raised from the 10% endorsed in the bill to 15%, as well as ten year trial period which would allow the state to opt out if results are negative.

In a statement Governor Christie said: "Now is the time for our state to move forward, again leading the way for the nation, by becoming one of the first states to permit Internet gaming. While Atlantic City's reputation and stature as one of the premier resort destinations on the East Coast are well-chronicled, it is no secret that revenue from the region's most important industries, gaming and tourism, has been in decline."

"Since the beginning of my administration, I have stressed the importance of reversing the trend of economic contraction in Atlantic City and have made the revitalization of the region's gaming and tourism industries a key priority."

The bill's chief architect Senator Ray Lesniak said that he was encouraged by Christie's words and thinks that the changes can be accomplished quickly.

Speaking about the issue Lesniak said: "(Internet gambling would) pump hundreds of millions of dollars into its ailing revenues, and will prevent the closing of at least one casino and save thousands of jobs. New Jersey will now have an opportunity to be the Silicon Valley of Internet gaming and reap the huge economic benefits that will flow into the state."

This is not the first time Christie vetoed an internet gambling bill. In 2011 the robust governor vetoed a similar bill, citing concerns on constitutionality and betting proliferation.

The move could be a boom to the state, which has seen revenues drop in Atlantic City for several years. Internet poker giant PokerStars is set to try to purchase the Atlantic Club Casino in order to get a foot in the door for cyber gambling, potentially saving 1,700 jobs in the process.

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8 February 2013 - 4:37pm

I heard this on the radio while driving to pick my daughter up from school yesterday, and was shocked and upset.

However, after reading this and finding out more about the topic I can honestly say I am pleased and optimistic.

Looks like I need to move to New Jersey!

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10 February 2013 - 11:43am

It is an interesting one. His arguments sound reasonable if they are indeed genuine.

What do you think of one person having the power of veto like that? I find it a little strange that one guy could block something that the rest of the government wanted.

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11 February 2013 - 4:21pm

It is one of the peculiarities of the checks and balances of our system of government.

Now I am not 100% sure about how it works on a state by state basis, but say if Obama vetoed a bill it theoretically could still be over ridden by Congress if 2/3 or more of the House wants it passed. Of course this is extremely unlikely given the lack of cooperation we have in our system of government currently.

I think that it SHOULD work out OK, but I personally feel our government here in the states is broken. There needs to be real reform (whether that be term limits for all politicians, cracking down on the kickbacks, etc).

Only then will we ever get back to having a productive system that actually produces anything good and helpful to the people.