Gambling is one of the many activities that are regulated primarily by state laws (as opposed to federal laws). On February 26, 2013, New Jersey Governor Christie signed into law legislation allowing internet gambling, making New Jersey only the third state to allow internet gambling (after Nevada and Delaware). While there is a federal law called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which does, to a certain extent, restrict online gambling, that law allows individual states to permit and regulate internet gambling if the state so desires.
Atlantic City, New Jersey has always been a hot spot for gamblers from all over the world since the late 1970s and early 1980s. However, over the past several years, Atlantic City has been struggling financially with the increase of gambling in neighboring states. Therefore, New Jersey decided to combat this struggle by allowing online gambling. Six already established brick and mortar casinos were able to obtain internet gaming permits: Borgata, Trump Plaza, Trump Taj Mahal, Bally’s, Caesars, and the Golden Nugget. The first five of these permit holders were given approval to participate in a five day test run or “soft” start, of the internet gaming beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013 (the Golden Nugget had not met all requirements in time to receive approval), with 13 websites approved for the online gambling.