Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-Atlantic, said Governor Christie and bipartisan legislators are close to agreeing on legislation to make internet gaming legal in New Jersey.
NBC 40 Atlantic City:
Representatives in Trenton are currently working to meet the Governor’s recommendations on an online gaming bill vetoed Thursday by the Governor.
Despite the veto, local officials of both parties are confident the passing of the bill is not far away.
“We have another step forward to the process of bringing Internet gaming here to Atlantic City and the state of New Jersey,” said Assemblyman from the second district, John Amodeo.
“I have already spoken to Assemblymen Burzichelli and Ramos, who serve with me on the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee. We accept the Governor’s proposed amendments and will work together to get these passed by the Legislature as soon as possible and back onto the Governor’s desk for consideration.”
Under the bill, Atlantic City’s 12 casinos would run the online gambling operations from Atlantic City, and pay a 10 percent tax on winnings, up from the normal 8 percent tax on traditional casino revenue.
Press of Atlantic City
Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-Atlantic, also said he supports the sunset provision because it gives Internet gambling 10 years in which to prove itself.
“If Internet gambling doesn’t work in 10 years, it goes away,” he said.
Asbury Park Press:
Assemblyman John Amodeo said he and other bill sponsors “accept the governor’s proposed amendments and will work together to get these passed by the Legislature as soon as possible and back onto the governor’s desk for consideration.”
“It’s a critical piece of legislation for Atlantic City and New Jersey as a whole,” said Amodeo, an Atlantic County Republican.