Lesniak’s goal is to make New Jersey the go-to state for online gaming. He said on Monday that he is trying to get the bill through the Legislature quickly and have it ready for Governor Chris Christie’s approval by next week.
“We can be the Silicon Valley of Internet gaming,” he said. “It’s the wave of the future. It’s going to come and we can be in the lead on it.”
This will not be New Jersey’s first attempt to approve Internet gaming. Last year, the state attempted to become first in the nation to approve Internet gambling, but Christie, in fear it would be in violation of federal law, vetoed the bill.
Now that the Justice Department has changed their position on online gaming (with the exception of sports betting), New Jersey may be in a better position to have the new bill passed.
Nevada is also rushing to take advantage of the ruling. Last week, the state’s gaming regulators approved rules that will allow companies within the state to apply for licenses to run poker web sites.