Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Tuesday that authorizes casinos in struggling Atlantic City to eventually offer Internet versions of casino games intrastate — and one day beyond.
Christie’s action comes after he decided to conditionally veto the measure earlier this month, sending it back to lawmakers to vote on his proposed changes. They agreed with the governor, voting Tuesday to make the amendments and end years of debating the issue in Trenton.
However, it could take quite some time for the first New Jersey-based sites to offer real-money games. Nevada legalized online poker in June 2011, but still hasn’t allowed any of its online gaming licensees to bring a product to the market
What will be the true cost to New Jersey when people play poker whenever possible in an addictive manner. Gambling addiction can cause many problems just like any other addictive vice. By legalizing and seemingly legitimizing online poker Christie has now enabled thousands of addicted gamblers to gamble from the comfort of their home office. The price that it will cost in ruined lives cannot be quantified.