A number of New Jersey’s legislative leaders have attacked the campaign against online gaming led by Las Vegas Sands chief executive Sheldon Adelson and urged the US congress to reject calls to enforce a national ban.
Speaking at the state’s annual Chamber of Commerce trip to Washington DC, the legislators warned that the Adelson-backed blanket ban on iGaming would be particularly damaging for states that have already licensed online gambling, and state lotteries which offer their products over the internet.
“New Jersey has taken aggressive and innovative steps to bring its casino industry into the 21 century, and is building on the success of those efforts,” said New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. “Much like gaming at casinos throughout the country this is clearly an issue best left for the states to decide and regulate. New Jersey’s program should be left to succeed on its own.”