New Jersey Residents Move Closer To Gambling Throughout Casinos
The gambling world is growing at an alarming pace, and New Jersey is at the forefront of the gambling explosion. This week, New Jersey moved a step closer to distancing itself from other gaming states when lawmakers approved mobile device gambling throughout casino resorts in Atlantic City.
The Atlantic City casino industry has been on the decline since the economic recession, and Governor Chris Christie has been adamant about helping the gaming industry in his state. Christie watched this week as lawmakers expanded gambling at AC casinos, giving patrons the right to gamble from their hotel rooms, restaurants, and even the resort pools.
"Casino gaming is the livelihood of south Jersey's economy, and we have to be willing to adapt in order to survive," said state Senator Jim Whelan. "Hand-held, mobile gaming devices have already been adopted in Las Vegas, and allow casinos the opportunity to extend the gaming floor to anywhere within their premises."
Nevada has been the leader in the latest gaming boom in the US. Late last year, Nevada legislators passed a law authorizing online gambling. Internet gambling has become widely popular throughout the world, and Nevada ensured that they would stay ahead of the curve in the US. Nevada regulators have already licensed two gaming companies to offer online casinos.
New Jersey has also been busy expanding gambling. Before the mobile devices bill that passed today, New Jersey lawmakers approved their own online gambling bill, and voters approved sports betting in the last election. The sports betting plan would need federal approval, but Governor Christie and Senator Raymond Lesniak have come out and said they will legally challenge the 1992 law that bans sports betting in the US.
Whelan believes that with dozens of other states adding casinos over the past decade, more needs to be done in New Jersey to assure gaming dominance in the coming years.
"As part of the larger efforts to make our industry competitive, mobile gaming devices will be a welcome addition to casino wagering in the Garden State."
June 29, 2012
Posted By Terry Goodwin
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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