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NJ.com Political Reporter: Internet Gambling May Be In Trouble

3-27-14

Online gambling in New Jersey may be in jeopardy, since a bill being considered in Congress would ban the practice. NJ.com Senior Political Reporter Darryl Isherwood told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the bill banning internet gaming has support.

“Yeah, I think it could be in trouble. I mean this thing has bipartisan support in both houses,” said Isherwood.

Currently only three states allow online gambling — Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey. According to Isherwood, there is no clause for the states to get rid of online gaming but if the bill does go through, the three states would have to ask for permission to continue the practice.

The bill has support from Sheldon Adelson, who will be receiving Gov. Chris Christie at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas.

In New Jersey, since online gaming has been established, about $34 million was generated — nowhere near the expectations that were set, according to Isherwood.

Meanwhile, Christie attorney Randy Mastro released his report investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures. Isherwood said that the report did not include interviews with Bridget Kelly, Bill Stepien or David Wildstein — the three main people involved in the scandal. Although the report did not have anything from Kelly, Stepien or Wildstein, it did mention that other investigations are still in progress and will have their own conclusions.

Mastro’s report also determined the allegations from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that members of the Christie administration threatened to withhold Sandy aid if she didn’t support a particular project were false. Isherwood called the findings harsh for Zimmer.

“They really went at her hard in this thing,” said Isherwood. “Three people really took a beating in that thing — Dawn Zimmer was one, David Wildstein and Bridget Kelly. To some extent, Bill Stepien.”

The report also included pictures of Zimmer with New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable on the day that it is alleged that Zimmer had been threatened, but that pictures show her smiling, according to Isherwood.

Although the investigations from the U.S. attorney and the legislative committee continue, Isherwood says that there will be questions that won’t get answered.