Internet Gambling Vetoed in New Jersey
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday that would have made his state the first in the U.S. to reintroduce online gambling since it was effectively prohibited by a 2006 federal law.
The bill would have allowed New Jersey residents to place bets through Web sites run by casino companies in Atlantic City, the only place in New Jersey casino gambling is allowed under the state constitution.
State legislatures across the U.S. have started work on bills legalizing such intrastate gambling in a bid to generate revenue, and the New Jersey veto isn’t expected to stall those efforts.
Mr. Christie, a Republican, suggested the Democratic-controlled Legislature could revive the effort by asking voters to approve the measure by referendum. Lawmakers said they didn’t think that would succeed.