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Pick the higher number: Successful applications in N.J. for on-line gambling or for Obamacare?

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When you think about it: It probably was an easy bet.

Business always is more efficient than government at running programs, so it only made sense that more people have been able to successfully sign up for a NJ online gaming account than New Jerseyans have signed up for Obamacare.

In its first week of operation, online gaming in New Jersey saw roughly 14,000 more accounts created than state residents that completed applications for Obamacare during its first month of implementation.

As of Nov. 28, one week since the state's Nov. 21 soft launch of internet wagering, a total of 37,277 online gaming accounts had been created, state Division of Gaming Enforcement spokesperson Lisa Spengler said Monday. The figures are currently unaudited, Spengler added.

According to figures released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last month, a total of 23,021 applications for the Affordable Care Act were completed in New Jersey during the month period from Oct. 1, the program's launch date, to Nov. 2.

And from the pool of over 23,000 applications, just 741 New Jersey residents completed the process by selecting a plan during that period on healthcare.gov, the federal exchange which has been ridden with technological setbacks in its first two months of implementation.

New Jersey residents must apply through the troubled federal marketplace since Gov. Chris Christie opted last year to not set up a state-based exchange. That decision will be explored further by a state Senate committee on Thursday, according to a report by the Star-Ledger.

The total number of online gaming accounts created thus far in New Jersey does not necessarily represent state residents. While all internet wagering must take place in New Jersey, gamers do not have to be state residents to register and play.

Currently, online gaming in New Jersey is available through several authorized sites administered by Caesars, Borgata, Trump and Tropicana.

 
 

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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