New Jersey is a state in the North-eastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. It is bordered on the north and east by New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania, and on the southwest by Delaware. New Jersey is the fourth-smallest state, but the 11th-most populous and the most densely populated of the 50 United States. New Jersey lies entirely within the combined statistical areas of New York City and Philadelphia.
New Jersey’s Tourism and Entertainment Endeavors
New Jersey’s location as a crossroads of commerce and its extensive transportation system have put over one third of all United States residents and many Canadian residents within overnight distance by land. This accessibility to consumer revenue has enabled seaside resorts such as Atlantic City and the remainder of the Jersey Shore, as well as the state’s other natural and cultural attractions, to contribute significantly to New Jersey’s record tourism revenue of $40.3 billion and 87.2 million tourist visitations in 2013.
The New Jersey Casino and Gaming Industry
In 1976, a referendum of New Jersey voters approved casinos in New Jersey, where the first legalized casino opened in 1978. At that time, Las Vegas was the only mega-casino resort. Several casinos lie along the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the first and longest boardwalk in the world On February 26, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed online gambling into law.
However, Atlantic City experienced a dramatic contraction in its stature as a gambling destination after 2010, including the closure of multiple casinos in 2014. This situation was spurred by competition from the advent of legalized gambling in other north-eastern states in the US.
The New Jersey casino and gaming industry includes casino gaming that’s focused in Atlantic City, the New Jersey Lottery, horse racing, off-track betting, charity gambling, amusement games, and social gambling. New Jersey’s gambling legislation is among the least restraining in the entire United States.