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Christie Signs Resolution Urging Trump Not to Implement Federal Ban on Online GamblingPublished July 25, 2017 by Elana K
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has added his signature to the online gambling resolution, which urges Trump not to implement a federal ban on online gambling.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has added his signature to the online gambling resolution, drafted by the state Assembly and Senate earlier this year. The resolution urges Donald Trump not to place a federal ban on online gambling.
New Jersey’s Online Gambling Market
Out of the three states to have legalized online gambling - Nevada and Delaware being the other two - New Jersey has been the most successful. While it got off to a rocky start in 2013, this year the state has seen almost consecutive monthly increases in revenue, breaking record after record.
Impact of a Federal Ban
As one of the three states to have legalized online gambling, New Jersey would be greatly affected by a federal ban - it would have to cease its online gambling activities, which would mean losing millions of dollars in revenue as well as losing jobs.
This is how the resolution explains the impact a federal ban would have on New Jersey:
A federal prohibition against Internet gaming would directly and negatively impact New Jersey by dismantling the investments that the State and Atlantic City casinos have already made to implement and regulate Internet gaming, taking away the economic and employment opportunities already realized by the State and its residents, and foreclosing the future potential of Internet gaming to generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue, create high-tech software jobs, and foster valuable business ventures for Atlantic City casinos in this State.
It’s Jeff Sessions’ Move
The resolution, originally penned in January, was drafted when Donald Trump appointed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions has a history of being against online gambling and supporting a federal ban. While he hasn’t made any active moves toward implementing a ban, he is being courted by anti-online gambling lobbyists who would like to see the ban in place. Whether this resolution will have any sway on him is yet to be seen.