Casino Mogul Adelson: Internet Gaming ‘Cancer,’ Chris Christie OK

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson calls Internet gambling “a cancer” and a “moral issue.”

As for one of the first governors who legalized it? That guy’s OK!

In an interview today with Bloomberg Television, Adelson said he likes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and doesn’t hold his legalization of online gaming against him. Adelson is chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the largest casino operator in the U.S. He is on a tear against Internet gambling, calling it a “toxin” in a new opinion piece for Forbes Magazine.

Bloomberg’s Deirdre Bolton asked why his strong opposition to online gaming doesn’t affect his view of Christie.

“I don’t reward or punish politicians,” Adelson, the 16th richest person in the world, said in a phone interview from his vacation home in the South of France. “I’m not trying to be a dictator.”

Those words may soothe Christie, often mentioned as a 2016 Republican presidential contender. Adelson spent some $100 million trying to elect Republicans in last year’s election.

He invested first in a super-political action committee backing Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, and in the general election redirected his cash flow to a super-PAC for Mitt Romney.

Adelson’s not all in for Christie just yet.

He told Bloomberg TV: “I like other candidates, as well.”

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