Washington – The New Jersey state legislature has passed a
new bill that will allow casinos in Atlantic City to offer authorized online
gambling to residents of the state.
The bill passed in the state despite
federal law that currently prohibits online gambling in most forms in the U.S.,
while carving out some key exceptions.
N.J. Gov. Chris Christie now has 45 days
to sign or veto the bill.
"This vote is a positive step by creating a licensed
and regulated online gambling environment with appropriate consumer protections
for New Jersey residents — a much better approach than the failed attempts led
by the federal government to prohibit the activity," the Safe and Secure
Internet Gambling Initiative, a group advocating for federal online gambling
legalization, said in a statement.
"While it is encouraging to have a
common-sense effort to regulate Internet gambling activity emanating from New
Jersey, one of the leading land-based regulatory jurisdictions in the world, an
all encompassing federal regime is the optimum solution for controlling the
activity and protecting every American."