A new law has surfaced in New Jersey which, if passed, would clear the way for the state’s land-based casinos to offer mobile gambling within the walls of their establishments. Proposed by State Senator Jim Whelan, this is the latest shot fired in the battle to loosen gaming restrictions within the Garden State.
“By tweaking current laws,” said Whelan, “we can give casinos more regulatory freedom to offer diverse gaming opportunities to their patrons and can ensure that the state is doing its part to encourage non-gaming development within the designated tourism zone within Atlantic City.”
The mobile gaming bill, however, isn’t the only hat the senator has thrown into the ring. As he alluded to above, Whelan has also proposed a law which would allow for the creation of a new tax credit program aimed at non-gambling companies in the gaming-safe zone.
“These bills, taken as a whole, will make it easier to attract new investment in Atlantic City,” he said, “gaming and otherwise, and will make it easier for Atlantic City to be one of the major resort destinations along the East Coast.”
As the representative of the area surrounding New Jersey’s casino scene, Whelan’s political views have a great deal in common with another of the state’s senators, one Raymond Lesniak. Lesniak has been at the forefront of several gaming bills over the last few years, including one which made it all the way to the governor’s desk before being cut down. While most of his efforts have been aimed at the field of intra-state online gaming, it would come as no surprise if Lesniak became one of the primary supporters of Whelan’s efforts. The matters are scheduled to appear before the New Jersey State Senate in the near future.