Lawmakers Skeptical that Internet Gambling Will Bring Big Tax Windfall


The Press of Atlantic City featured an article by Hoa Nguyen discussing legislative skepticism that Internet gambling will bring $180 million in tax revenues in its first year of operations as Governor Christie’s administration has predicted. The article was based on testimony at a Budget and Appropriations Committee hearing.

“With a tax rate of 15 percent, casinos would have to rake in $1.2 billion in Internet gambling revenues in order to meet that estimate,” the article said.

Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergan, Passaic) asked state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff where the numbers came from, but according to the article, the senators were not satisfied with the answer. David Rosen of a bipartisan Office of Legislative Services also questioned the basis for the estimates.

Internet gambling a boon for state tax coffers? Legislators not so sure.

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