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NJ Gaming Bill To Spur Lawsuit?

Published: March 6, 2012 11:51 am ET

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It has been reported that an expanded online gaming bill in New Jersey yesterday received a favourable 3-0 vote in a Senate committee, but that the state horse-racing industry is threatening legal action if it is to pass.

According to an article by Bob Jordan on mycentraljersey.com, the NJ racing industry is against the piece of legislation. Racing's opposition has come due to a new stipulation that a portion of revenue from the gaming expansion would not be directed to the racing industry.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a similar bill in 2011. That bill had contained language which directed a portion of revenue from expanded gaming to the racing industry.

Jordan's report has cited racing lobbyist Barbara DeMarco as saying that the new bill could lead to a lawsuit from the racing industry challenging the constitutionality of the expanded gambling bill.

(With files from mycentraljersey.com)


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