New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed the online poker bill but has done so conditionally meaning online poker will eventually be available in the state.
A conditional veto means that Christie wants some minor changes made to the bill before it is official ratified.
“This bill represents an important policy decision for the residents of New Jersey, and a historic opportunity to continue the State’s leadership as a premiere destination for tourism and entertainment,” Christie said in a written statement.
“Such a significant step must be carefully considered, balancing the benefits of job creation, economic development, and the continued revitalization of Atlantic City against the risks of addiction, corruption and improper influence.”
The Poker Players Alliance said they are pleased with the result and praised the efforts of New Jersey residents who pushed for the introduction of the bill.
“Today, Governor Christie took a critical step toward re-building New Jersey’s economy and establishing strong standards so that Internet gaming will be enjoyed responsibly,” PPA Executive Director Phil Pappas said.
“While the New Jersey legislature has some work to do before this bill becomes law, we believe this is a victory for New Jersey residents who reached out to the Governor in droves expressing support for this bill.
“Now, New Jersey is well positioned to serve as a leader in the innovative Internet gambling market and can pave the way for other states to adapt similar structures moving forward.
“We urge the legislature to act swiftly to pass this important legislation.”
Senator Ray Lesniak, who sponsored the bill, was delighted to finally see it pass and said he is extremely exciting for the future of online gaming in New Jersey.
“The sky is the limit,” Lesniak told Card Player about the future of the online poker in the state.