New Jersey Considers Intra-State Online Gambling
January 18, 2022

The great state of New Jersey, already known for it's exciting Atlantic City and the reality show "Jersey Shore," may soon have a new claim to fame, potentially becoming the first state in the Union to not only allow online gambling, but actively encourage it.

A new bill, recently introduced by New Jersey state Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, if passed, would grant licenses to preexisting casinos in Atlantic City so they may open their own online gambling websites, available to the people of New Jersey.  The sites would be monitored by members of the state's Casino Control Commission, whom the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) chairman Joe Brennan Jr., recently referred to as "the toughest gaming regulators in the US."

In exchange for the licenses, the state's casinos, which have seen a 13% decline in revenues over the past year, according to a recent article by the Gaming Intelligence Group, will pay a substantial 20% tax on all online gaming gross revenues.

This new bill, is rumored to possibly already have the support of incoming Governor Chris Christie, and even if passed, will not prevent New Jersey residents who previously engaged in online poker, from continuing to play on their favorite established online sites as well.

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Story by Mark Anderson

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