New Jersey’s chief proponent of Internet gambling will head a two-day Atlantic City symposium focusing on the legal and regulatory challenges ahead as more and more states consider online wagering.

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union, primary sponsor of a proposed Internet gambling law, will discuss the legislation Monday, opening day of the symposium called Intrastate Internet Gambling in the Mid-Atlantic.

Gov. Chris Christie is facing a deadline this week to sign or veto the Internet gambling law, which was approved by the state Legislature in December. His office has not yet said what he will do.

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If Internet gambling becomes legal in New Jersey, online wagering would be allowed on the types of games permitted at the Atlantic City casinos.

New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware are just some of the states that hope to become havens for online gambling. Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president of the American Gaming Association, is scheduled to appear Monday at the symposium to give an overview of Internet gambling trends at the state and federal levels.

On Tuesday, lawyers and casino experts will look at the technology, operating systems and business models needed for Internet gambling. They will also discuss how online wagering would be integrated with brick-and-mortar casinos.

The symposium takes place at Resorts Casino Hotel. It is a law seminar and not open to the public.

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