What Are Some New Jersey State Laws?


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New Jersey has state laws legalizing Internet gambling and requiring anti-bullying policies in public schools. In 2013, Governor Chris Christie signed a measure that legalizes and regulates Internet gambling in the state, as stated by The Star-Ledger. The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act was signed by Governor Christie in 2011 and is considered to be one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the United States, according to The New York Times.

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As of 2015, New Jersey is one of three states that have legalized Internet gambling. The law received bipartisan support with a 68 to 5 majority in the assembly and a 35 to 1 majority in the senate. Only Atlantic City casinos were eligible to apply for licenses, and only games offered in the city's 12 casinos can be offered online, as stated by The Star-Ledger. Governor Christie predicted legalized Internet gambling would generate $1 billion in new revenue, but it brought in only 12 percent of that amount during the first year, according to the Huffington Post.

The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights requires all New Jersey public schools to enact anti-bullying policies. These policies include designating an anti-bullying specialist for each school and employing an anti-bullying coordinator in each district. The enactment of this law was propelled by the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a University of Rutgers freshman, according to The New York Times.

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