Gov. Chris Christie: An Ally of Mobile Gambling?

New Jersey Governor and rumored potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie has positioned himself as an ally of mobile gambling in the State of New Jersey, at least with regard to horse racing.

Although the news largely flew under the radar when it took place, Gov. Chris Christie recently signed into law legislation enabling New Jersey racetrack customers to legally place bets using their mobile devices.

That’s right. In New Jersey, playing the ponies is now permissible on smartphones and tablets.

Although Christie wasn’t outspoken or emphatic in his support for the move, his signature on the bill tells the whole story.

And across the state of New Jersey, local lawmakers are eager for the potential revenue opportunities that could result from the new law.

“It’s technology allowing the racing industry to reshape itself by drawing younger customers,” state Assemblyman John Burzichelli tells Press of Atlantic City.

There are presently four horse racing tracks in New Jersey, one of which – Monmouth Park in Oceanport, Monmouth County – has already pledged to have mobile gambling options ready for the start of racing season, which commences May 12th.

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