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Top Proponent of Gambling to enter 2017 New Jersey Governor’s Race

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2015-09-15 00:00:00

New Jersey Democrat Senator Ray Lesniak will throw his hat into the ring and enter the 2017 New Jersey governor’s race. Lesniak will be contesting for what will be the open seat of two term Republican governor Chris Christie. Christie is currently lagging far behind in the Republican Presidential nomination race and may leave the governorship of New Jersey early in order to jumpstart his sluggish campaign.

Lesniak has 37 years of legislative experience in the state of New Jersey and has been a leading proponent of gambling in all of its forms, including online. Lesniak has been a nemesis to land based Las Vegas casino and resort mogul Sheldon Adelson, who has been a major Republican donor and a relentless proponent of a ban on online gambling.

Lesniak wants to develop New Jersey’s online gambling structure and create a global online gambling hub the he believes will bring investments, tax revenues and jobs to the state. Lesniak believes that money currently going offshore to online casinos out of the state could be kept in the state of New Jersey instead with better laws and infrastructure.

Lesniak is also an enthusiastic advocate for sports gambling, which is a major point of contention with the major professional sports leagues in the United States not to mention the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Meanwhile South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is trying to outlaw online gambling as well. Graham is buried at nearly zero percent in his race for the Republican Presidential nomination.