Pro-online gambling New Jersey State Senator Ray Lesniak took to Twitter this week to accuse Governor Chris Christie of keeping Amaya Gaming owned PokerStars from entering the state's online gaming market.
Lesniak took to the social media site to claim that Christie is causing delays in licensing Amaya, possibly because he is playing up to anti-online gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson, who donates heavily to Christie's Republican party. Christie is considered a front runner for the 2016 presidential race, and would need to win the support of Adelson if he is to advance in the race.
Using his 140 character limit Lesniak tweeted:
Poker Stars in time out because they would boost AC and hurt Adelson's attempt in Congress to shut down Egaming— Senator Ray Lesniak (@SenatorLesniak) November 11, 2014
While the tweet was interesting, it does not necessarily back up Christie's reputation for championing gambling expansion in his state. He made New Jersey one of three states in the country to legalize online gambling, and is waging a fight to see sportsbetting legalized in his state.
Amaya Gaming has not commented on any delays of its gaming license application, but it is thought that the company is aggressively trying to get into the regulated US betting market. For his part, Governor Christie has also not addressed these allegations.
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