Christie Signs Gambling Self-Exclusion Bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Thursday that will allow gamblers to ban themselves from casinos or gambling websites without having to admit they have a gambling problem.

“Admitting on a document that you are a problem gambler is a step many New Jerseyans may not be ready to make, even if they are confronting their problem,” said Assemblyman Ralph Caputo. “Many may feel the document is a stigma that can be used against them, but with this option, they can now get some help.”

The law lets people choose whether the bans are for one year, five years or life. Nearly 1,600 names are on the lists, which aren’t made public.

Once a person is on the list, casinos must stop marketing to them, refuse to accept wagers from them and ask them to leave a gaming area. If they gamble, they cannot collect any winnings or recover any losses.