Sen. Lesniak Postpones Measure After Pushing Online Gambling Bill


On Monday, the S3019 measure, which Authorizes Internet wagering at Atlantic City casinos under certain circumstances has been postponed. Initially it was scheduled to be heard in Assembly and Senate committees tomorrow and voted on in full sessions of both houses Monday; however, Sen. Ray Lesniak decided to have his measure passed through the Assembly and Senate before the final day of the current legislative session on January 9.

“Speaking with Governor Christie, I’ve agreed to reintroduce Internet gaming in the next legislative session, and I expect that we can get it through the Legislature and signed by the Governor within the first few weeks of the new session,” state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) said in a statement this evening.

“I believe that Internet gaming has transformational potential for New Jersey’s gaming industries. While I remain hopeful that New Jersey can take the lead on this exciting new direction for wagering, which would result in new revenues, new jobs and new economic activity in the Garden State, I recognise that the complex issues surrounding Internet wagering will take more time to iron out than we are afforded in the waning days of the current legislative session.

“This isn’t a question of if New Jersey gets Internet wagering but when and my money is on soon.”

Reported by Maggie B.


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