N.J. State Sen.Raymond Lesniak introduced a second version of a bill designed to allow Internet gaming in New Jersey late last week that would require all bets to be made through Atlantic City casinos, which would operate the online sites.
The bill addresses a major concern of Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed an earlier bill on online gaming. Christie said the previous bill violated the state constitution, which only allows gaming in Atlantic City. Christie felt the previous bill would allow Intenet gaming parlors to spring up all over the state.
The new bill, however, restricts online gaming to residences, which would be seen as making a bet in Atlantic City, where the computer servers would be located.
“Internet wagering in this state shall be deemed to take place where a casino’s server is located in Atlantic City regardless of the player’s physical location within this state,” the bill says.
The bill also prohibits any business or organization other than an Atlantic City casino from offering online gambling on its property. (more…)