Legal online poker is close to becoming a reality in New Jersey. On Thursday, Feb. 7, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have legalized online gambling in the state. But he agreed to support the bill if certain changes were made. An amended bill could be approved as soon as March 18.
This was the second time that Governor Christie has vetoed the online gambling bill. But online poker supporters are thrilled about the outcome this time. Legalizing online poker in New Jersey is only a formality now.
So why is Governor Christie embracing online gambling now? Credit Hurricane Sandy. The historic storm caused approximately $29.4 billion in damage to New Jersey. The devastation was felt from the shore to inland towns such as Freehold and Marlboro. Even with federal support, Governor Christie knows that the state needs all the help it can get. Online poker could generate $300 to $400 million in additional gambling revenues.
This is an exciting time for online poker players in New Jersey. You can be sure that Atlantic City casinos will be ready to flip the switch on their online poker sites. Online poker will have its renaissance, and it will help New Jersey rebuild in the process.
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