Governor Christie signs revised NJ online poker bill
In a blistering hour of legislative achievement the New Jersey State Legislature and the State Senate both passed the revised online poker bill with Governor Chris Christie’s recommendations put forth in his conditional veto of the original bill. Soon after the bill passed both bodies Governor Chris Christie signed the bill, making New Jersey the third (and by far the largest) state to legalize online poker –Nevada and Delaware are the other two states.
The original bill was passed late in 2012 and sat on the Governor’s desk for a couple months before he issued the conditional veto just prior to the deadline for signing the bill. The veto sent the bill back to the New Jersey legislature where they could choose to act on the governor’s recommendations or simply scrap the bill –the legislator at the forefront of the push for legalized online gaming in New Jersey, Raymond Lesniak, made a statement at the time of the time of the conditional veto saying the recommendations would not be a problem, and in the end they proved not to be.
What was a bit surprising today was the speed with which Chris Christie signed the revised bill into law, penning his name across it before the proverbial ink was even dry from the Senate vote. We’ll have more updates and the particulars on the bill in the coming hours.
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