Blog: ‘Could NJ racing be coming to an opportunity?’

by | 02.05.2013 | 7:57am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has until Feb. 7 to sign a bill that would make online gaming legal in the state. Even with the deadline looming, the governor has not indicated whether or not he will sign the legislation.

In a new post at the View from the Racetrack Grandstand website, the writer says that should Christie veto the bill, it could be a “pivotal moment” for horse racing in the state. With a veto, lawmakers from Atlantic City would certainly try to make a change in the state constitution that would make online gaming legal. In response, the writer says, legislators representing the northern and central areas of NJ would likely block any referendum that would not allow casino gambling at racetracks. That could be the 'break' racing needs, since casinos at racetracks would give purses a much-needed boost.

If Christie does sign the bill allowing online gaming, the writer feels that “if anyone thinks online gaming is going to save Atlantic City, they are fooling themselves.”

“It would only be a question of time” before surrounding states follow suit. “Atlantic City is a failed bet, built for another time.”

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