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NJ eyes Internet bets from other states, nations



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill that would drastically expand Internet gambling in the state, allowing it to take bets from other states and countries.

The bill introduced last week by Sens. Ray Lesniak and Jim Whelan would allow New Jersey to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states or countries where Internet gambling is also legal. That would allow people in those places to access the 15 gambling websites run by the Atlantic City casinos.

Current law requires that anyone gambling online in New Jersey be physically located in the state.

The bill also would require payment processors to get a casino industry service license, requiring background and other checks, to persuade financial institutions to allow credit cards to be used more easily in online gambling.