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Online Gambling Interests Hopeful Christie Will Back NJ Internet Gaming

By David Madden

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) -- The clock is ticking on a bid for New Jersey to get into the Internet gambling business, and supporters of the plan are hoping Governor Chris Christie approves it.

State legislators sent a revamped online gaming bill to Christie in December, one that proponents insist addresses his concerns that gambling would be set up in places other than casinos and racetracks.

Michael Frawley is in charge at the Atlantic Club, and he's optimistic.

"The governor has always been a very big proponent of Atlantic City," Frawley tells KYW Newsradio.  "He's been our strongest ally and we have confidence he'll continue to do so."

The Rational Group -- an online gambling firm behind web sites that include "Poker Stars" -- is looking to purchase the Atlantic Club (see related story).   It's thought that online gaming, even with access restricted to within New Jersey, could prove a boost to shore casinos which, frankly, can use all the help they can get.

A decision from Christie is expected by the end of the week.



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