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NJ Lawmakers Give Gov. Christie A Revised Online Gambling Law

(Graphic by Ed Fischer)

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By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey legislators have once again approved a plan to allow for online gambling within the state.  And this time, proponents expect Governor Chris Christie to approve it.

That’s because the measure addresses the latest concerns voiced by the governor in his most recent conditional veto three weeks ago (see related story).

The legislation now includes a ten-year trial period, as well as higher taxes on the revenues that casinos would take in.

“You get the benefit of being one of the first states in the country to have Internet (gambling),” said state senate sponsor Jim Whelan, ” (and) hopefully become the Internet hub.”

Nevada and Delaware have already approved online gambling.

New Jersey’s plan could take up to a year to get going, assuming Gov. Christie goes along.   Servers would be based at the casinos, and play restricted to people within the state.