N.J. Online Gambling To Begin In Late November
By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
October 4, 2013
After years of debate, the wait for online gambling in New Jersey is almost over.
The Division of Gaming Enforcement announced that licensed casinos will be able to launch internet gaming sites on November 26th.
State Senator Ray Lesniak is one of the co-sponsors of the online gaming bill that Governor Christie signed last February. Lesniak says legal internet gambling will bring in money to the state that’s currently being lost to offshore websites.
“This has the potential to get hundreds—and will—get hundreds of millions of dollars of additional revenue into Atlantic City’s casinos, millions of dollars into the state treasury, and also set the stage for New Jersey to be the Silicon Valley of internet gaming not only in the country but in the world.”
Lesniak says online gambling is the boost that Atlantic City needs.
“By keeping casinos alive that would have shut down without these additional revenues, we’re talking about saving five to ten thousand jobs just from the get-go. There are additionally equal of those numbers that will be generated through the operations of the sites.”
So far, nine of the twelve casinos in Atlantic City are set to begin online operations at the end of November.