Chris Christie throws cold water on online poker in NJ
For the second straight year New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is going down to the wire with his decision on online poker in the Garden State. Christie has until February 4, 2013 to make a decision on an online poker bill that easily passed the state legislature and Senate (for the second straight year) but considering his answers in his weekly “Ask the Governor” radio appearance, it doesn’t seem Christie is onboard yet [transcript from http://blog.northjersey.com/meadowlandsmatters/4767/governor-christie-offers-some-words-on-online-gaming-in-nj-seems-reluctant-but-hasnt-ruled-it-out/]:
Well, [the bill] is sitting on my desk. I’ve got to make a decision very soon. I haven’t made a final decision yet, but here are the things – two things that I’m concerned about.
The first is that I don’t know that it really will help Atlantic City. And I’m concerned that it may drive traffic away from Atlantic City – that if people can gamble in their own homes on their laptops, why are they going to go to Atlantic City? And I think it’s contrary to what we’re trying to accomplish there.
Secondly, I’m also really concerned about setting up a whole new generation of addicted gamblers. You know, if you can sit on the edge on your bed on your laptop and gamble away the paycheck – that’s a lot different than making the decision to go down to Atlantic City to gamble in a casino. So I’ve got those two concerns.
I haven’t made a final decision yet, but I have those two concerns, and you should know that that’s the way I feel. And [there is] in part the reasons that I vetoed the bill before, in addition to some ways that it was constructed that made no sense, either. So I’m taking a very close look at it, I was reading it over the weekend, and reading the briefing from my staff in depth, and I’m going to have to make a decision in the next couple of days.
The bill would allow New Jersey casinos to open online poker rooms in the state, and Christie’s signature on the bill would also mean a tentative between PokerStars and the Atlantic Club Casino would go through, allowing the #1 online poker site in the world to legally reenter the US market.
Christie, who many consider a serious 2016 presidential candidate may seek to avoid putting his name on a piece of legislation that would most certainly ranker the conservative base of the Republican party, although Christie has taken on this contingent recently, speaking out on a number of issues that Republicans have criticized him for –here is hoping he takes them on at least one more time!
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