New Jersey Online Poker Bill Going for Vote Today

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C Costigan
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New Jersey Online Poker Bill Going for Vote Today

A bill to legalize online poker and casinos in New Jersey will be heading for an Assembly vote a la the Appropriations Committee at 12:30 pm EST today (Monday June 18, 2012).

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John Brennan of offered a glimmer of hope that something might get done by this summer as opposed to the fall.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak, D-Union, the leading backer of this issue in the statehouse, tells me that he is working with Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester, to amend the two bills to identical language as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the statehouse goes dark for the summer once the budget is resolved on June 30 – or July 1, 2, 3, 4….

What would Governor (Chris) Christie do even if the legislature scrambles its way into approvals in the next two weeks? That’s the billion-dollar question.

Christie is said to support current draft legislation.  He doesn’t necessarily have to sign the bill for it to become law as this is automatic after a stipulated time period assuming he does not pull out that veto pen again.  Stay tuned.

- Chris Costigan, Publisher

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