The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) have become the latest group to come out with their opinion on the decision by Governor Chris Christie to give the New Jersey online gaming bill a conditional veto.
Former Senator, and current chairman of the PPA, Alfonse D’Amato, had mixed feelings over the decision by the Senator to veto the bill.
“We firmly believe that licensing and regulating online poker is the best and most effective way to protect consumers, protect Americans’ internet freedom and generate much needed revenue,” he said in a statement.
“However, the PPA also firmly believes that given the borderless nature of the internet, these interests would be best served by federal legislation that would provide licensing and regulation of interstate poker, as opposed to state-by-state regulation, whereby players in New Jersey could only play with other players in the Garden State.”
He continued: “We appreciate the efforts of Sen. [Raymond] Lesniak [author of New Jersey’s vetoed internet gambling bill] and the other proponents of the bill for recognizing that it is time for internet poker to be licensed and regulated in this country, and we hope federal legislators will follow their example.”
The PPA have long been one of those that has been campaigning for the opening of the online gambling market at Federal level, something that simply won’t be happening for a few years at the current time.
Rumors are already abounding that someone higher up than the Guv’nor nixed yesterday’s legislation before it could get any further and with Harrah’s openly supporting the Federal side of things, it wouldn’t be any surprise.