Sen. Ray Lesniak Wants To Turn New Jersey Into Internet Mecca of Gaming
State Sen. Ray Lesniak of New Jersey has been at the forefront of promoting online gambling in his own state and on a national level for years. We reported way back in 2013 on Lesniak’s declared intentions of making New Jersey a global gambling hub. At the time this was only a few months after the official launch in the Garden State.
Since then not much has happened in the US to expand online gambling beyond the current three states in which internet gambling is legal. New Jersey is in reality the only real revenue generator with $196.7 million generated last year in online gambling. This was a significant increase of 32 percent from that of 2015. This year online gambling revenues are expected to beat that number and there is no doubt that online gambling revenues have become a crucial factor that has helped Atlantic Casinos revive their business models.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Senator Lesniak has once again declared his intention of turning New Jersey onto the mecca of Internet gaming. He wants to introduce a bill that will permit players in other jurisdictions where online gambling is already legal to gamble in New Jersey. Currently only people physically present within New Jersey State borders are allowed to gamble online, In addition the bill will also allow international operators to have a base in the Garden State without the major impediment of having to have physical servers located in New Jersey.
Lesniak said,” I’ve changed my mission from making New Jersey the Silicon Valley of Internet gaming to the Mecca of Internet gaming. Online gaming has helped Atlantic City to revive its casino sector with a success that we can expand in ways that will generate more revenue, create jobs and fuel technological innovation in gaming.”
Director of New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck reacted to Lesniak’s proposed bill by saying he had not seen the actual proposal but will study it carefully once it is formally introduced.