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Did Christie Make Online Gambling Call With Eye On Election?

Did Christie Make Online Gambling Call With Eye On Election?
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed online gambling legislation earlier this year, and at the time, it was suggested by CGW analysts that Christie’s decision to veto the legislation may have been fueled by his desire to gain the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.Over the past week, Christie has been mum on whether or not he will run for the nation’s top office, but more and more evidence is pointing towards the New Jersey governor doing so. If that occurs, it is likely that Democrats would pin him to his decision against online gambling at a time when the nation is moving towards regulation.Top strategists for Governor Christie have started to assess the pros and cons of jumping in a Republican primary race that appears to have no real front runner. Christie is well-liked within the Republican base, and his decision to veto the online gambling bill that lawmakers passed in new jersey is viewed as a sign that Christie had national political aspirations.”When a Governor vetoes any legislation, it usually is because they are under significant pressure from their own party,” said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. “Governor Christie understood the stance his party has taken on Internet gambling over the years, and becoming the first state to regulate online gambling may have turned off many Conservatives.”Although Christie has vetoed the bill earlier this year, it appears as though the legislation will be coming back to his desk for a signature, possibly as soon as later this year. Senator Raymond Lesniak has adjusted the original bill, addressing some of the issues that kept Christie from signing the original.Lesniak again has strong support from New Jersey lawmakers, yet Christie has not said whether he would sign the new bill. The governor, instead, has focused on creating jobs and is known for his straight talking ways. An additional veto to a bill that would bring thousands of jobs to New Jersey could potentially be dangerous to a campaign run by Christie.While Democrats would surely use the gaming bill to try and undermine Christie’s decision-making process, Conservatives would be focusing on the positives that have come out of Christie’s stay as governor of New Jersey. Christie has been described as a straight-shooter, and someone who leads from the front, with cutting edge ideas.Republicans could counter the liberals’ gambling talking point about the veto by bringing up the fact that the governor, last year, orchestrated a series of summit meetings with the goal of stabilizing the existing gaming industry in New Jersey. Christie was responsible for bringing North Jersey, where race tracks are the primary gaming option, with South Jersey, where Atlantic City casinos rule.Out of those summits can a series of law changes that have helped both the tracks and AC casinos in the sort run. With Christie not strongly opposed to gaming, its is still possible that Lesniak’s bill could gain the governor’s seal of approval later this year. October 2, 2011Posted By Larry RutherfordStaff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.comSubmit News!

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