March 11 - Online gambling lobbying groups in New Jersey are taking an 'it-ain't-over-'til-it's-over' approach and looking for ways to push the new gambling bill through - despite the fact that it was vetoed by Governor Chris Christie at the last minute.
The new law will see Atlantic City's 11 casinos establishing online portals for online casino games and poker, which will be limited to New Jersey residents.
However, the governor expressed his reservations about the wording of the new bill, which could be interpreted to mean that online gambling can also take place in bars and cafes across the state.
Online gambling proponents are viewing the veto as a minor setback, which can be easily fixed.
"Of course it's a setback, but it does allow us to go back and fix the things that were problematic," noted the director of the US Online Gaming Association, Melanie Brenner.
"Such as the stipulation that players be New Jersey residents rather than anyone geographically located within the state of New Jersey," she explained.
Analysts believe that the final decision about the New Jersey online gambling bill will be made by residents themselves through a ballot.
"If you look back at the state and its dealings with gambling, every expansion in the state has required a voter referendum," explained one expert.
"For example, allowing Sunday horse racing went to vote. And the issue of internet gambling is infinitely more significant than that."
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