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Christie Writes Resolution in Hopes to Protect NJ Online Gambling

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Chris Christie contemplating online gambling
Remember when Donald Trump and Chris Christie were bros? You know, right after they tore each other apart during the Republican presidential primary race? It was a brief and passionate stint during the lead up to Donald Trump choosing his Cabinet and White House administration. Chris Christie became one of his fan-boys, one could assume, in order to flatter his way into the White House. Unfortunately for Christie, the sacrifice in self-respect did not seem to pay off, and he was left out in the cold.

Christie found himself right at home with other New Jersey residents who thought Donald Trump had their back, only to end up sad and lonely on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Chris Christie then returned to his post as New Jersey Governor.

Since that time Christie has not made it easier for himself to win back the hearts and minds of New Jersey residents who were appalled by his willingness to fall in line with the ‘Trump Train’ in order to serve his own political aspirations. He was caught taking his family to a beach on Fourth of July that had been closed because of a state government shut down – only the government was back up and running at that point. He had them keep the beach closed so he and his family could enjoy a private beach. Nothing like celebrating Fourth of July without all of those pesky constituents that you represent.

After such a cataclysmic PR debacle, Christie’s approval rating bottomed out in the Garden State. Now he finds himself faced with the task of protecting the state’s online gaming industry from a president that some assumed would have had a more favorable view of online gambling, given his own foray in the casino industry. But as we know, opening a land based casino does not necessarily make you a proponent for online casinos.

Donald Trump’s ties to Sheldon Adelson and to Jeff Sessions began to worry Christie that the president may begin to consider a federal ban on online gambling, which would gravely affect New Jersey’s tax revenue and the economic climate of Atlantic City. In an attempt to use whatever meager sway he may have had on the Forty-fifth president, Chris Christie issued a resolution to the administration and to Congress, imploring them to abandon any plan to ban online gambling on a federal level. He cited the negative impact it would have on his state of New Jersey:

“A federal prohibition against Internet gaming would directly and negatively impact New Jersey by dismantling the investments that the State and Atlantic City casinos have already made to implement and regulate Internet gaming, taking away the economic and employment opportunities already realized by the State and its residents, and foreclosing the future potential of Internet gaming to generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue, create high-tech software jobs, and foster valuable business ventures for Atlantic City casinos in this State.”

Considering their track record, it remains to be seen if such an appeal from Chris Christie will have a positive sway on the infamously unpredictable President Trump.