Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has long been a proponent of online gambling in some form. There is no question that billions of dollars are available to those states in the US which adopt some sort of online gambling legislation. And while Mr. Christie had previously on two occasions turned down the online gambling bills proposed to him, last week he said the most recent offering only needed slight tweaking for him to okay it. The changes were made, and the Governor from the Garden State made New Jersey the third state in the US to approve online gambling since the Department of Justice put that responsibility in state hands.
In the online gambling version of the Space Race, emergency legislation flew through the Nevada Assembly and Senate, and was hastily signed by Governor Brian Sandoval, legalizing online gambling in the Silver State on February 21. Nevada had in 2011 passed legislation which would allow it to quickly offer online gambling should the United States Department of Justice legalize it. After the DOJ reversed their age-old stance on Internet gambling in late 2011, the table was set for individual states to hit the virtual felt.
You probably know many of the details. Concerning online gambling in the United States, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has always said that is a big no-no. But in the final days of 2012, they sort of changed their opinion. They stated that activities like online lottery sales, online poker and other forms of online gambling not including sports betting probably are not that bad at all, and decided to allow each individual state in the US to decide their online gambling destiny.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure has a strange way of showing his purported love of online gambling legalization in the Garden State. The last couple of years has seen the rotund Republican slap down multiple attempts at legalizing online poker in New Jersey. Most recently, he vetoed the latest online poker package put forth by lawmakers in that state. It is beginning to appear that Christie has lost his “Approved” stamp, as he routinely turns down one online poker proposal after another. If that is the case, is there any way that this latest spurning be seen as a good thing?
Pennsylvania’s official nickname is The Keystone State for the central role it played in the founding of the United States of America, and the formation of important laws governing the new colonies. But legislation concerning gambling both online and off in Pennsylvania has looked more like something out of an episode of the Keystone Cops in recent years. Fatty Arbuckle and the boys were much more successful in garnering laughs and falling all over themselves in the pursuit of Charlie Chaplin than they were in upholding the law, and many gambling statutes in Pennsylvania have been just as ineffective and without focus.
Mississippi seeks to join Nevada and Delaware as the only states in the US to offer legalized internet gambling to their residents and travelers. With the US Department of Justice mandating that each individual state in the US should be able to dictate their own online gambling laws, some Mississippi lawmakers have been aggressively pursuing a legalized online gambling package for the Magnolia State. Their 2012 proposal did not survive, and they are back pushing for a 2013 effort.