January 11, 2011

NJ legislature votes to legalise egaming

The New Jersey Assembly this evening voted overwhelmingly in favour of Senator Raymond Lesniak’s bill to allow egaming in the US state.

In a vote taken at 6:44PM Eastern Time, Lesniak’s S490 bill to allow Atlantic City casinos to offer online versions of their games to state residents received 63 votes in favour, 11 against, and three abstentions, comfortably ahead of the 41 votes required for passage.

Having passed both the New Jersey Senate and the Assembly, this evening’s vote leaves New Jersey just one step away from becoming the first US state to get a law legalising and regulating egaming on the statute books.

The bill now passes to Governor Chris Christie, becoming law upon his signature or after 45 days if no action is taken during this time. Christie has however yet to publicly declare his position on Lesniak's bill.

President and CEO of New Jersey-based games supplier High 5 Games, Anthony Singer, said: "This is an historic day for New Jersey. With the state legislature’s decision to legalise internet gaming, New Jersey now becomes the center of the US iGaming industry.

“We are optimistic that Governor Chris Christie will sign this important piece of legislation into law to revive the state’s gaming industry. This law will allow our state’s gaming industry to thrive, creating more jobs and much needed tax revenue for the people of New Jersey."

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