New Jersey Casino Control Commission
|Headquarters||Tennessee Avenue & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401|
The Casino Control Commission is a New Jersey state governmental agency that was founded in 1977 as the state's gaming control board, responsible under the Casino Control Act for licensing casinos in Atlantic City. The commission also issues licenses for casino key employees and hears appeals from decisions of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The commission is headquartered in the Arcade Building at Tennessee Avenue and Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
On November 15, 2010, State Senators James Whelan (D-2nd) and Raymond Lesniak (D-20th) introduced Senate Bill S12 to change the New Jersey Casino Control Act and deregulate the Atlantic City casino industry to improve competitiveness with casinos in other states. The bill would also transfer day-to-day regulatory functions from the Casino Control Commission to the Division of Gaming Enforcement. After hearings in both houses of the Legislature, the bill was approved on January 10, 2011 and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie on February 1, 2011.
The new law eliminated the requirement for the commission to have inspectors in casinos around-the-clock and made the Division of Gaming Enforcement responsible for certifying gaming revenue. The Division of Gaming Enforcement also took over responsibility for registering casino employees and non-gaming vendors, licensing gaming vendors, and handling all patron complaints.
The Casino Control Commission consists of three members appointed by the Governor of New Jersey with advice and consent of the New Jersey Senate. The number of commissioners was reduced from five on January 17, 2012.
Commissioners serve staggered, five-year terms and can only be removed for cause. By law, no more than two commissioners can be of the same political party, a requirement that is intended to ensure political balance on the panel.
One commissioner is appointed by the Governor to also serve as a member of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA). A second commissioner may be appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the CRDA in lieu of the commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development or the Department of Community Affairs.
Notable former commissioners
- James R. Hurley, 1990–2002; Chairman, 1998–2002
- Leanna Brown, 1993–1999
- Steven P. Perskie, Chairman, 1990–1994
- Frank J. Dodd, 1989–1993
- Walter N. Read, Chairman, 1982–1989
- Joseph P. Lordi, Chairman, 1977–1982
- Commissioners' Office
- General Counsel's Office
- Regulatory Affairs
- In 1979, the CCC ordered Clifford S. Perlman and Stuart Perlman to sever themselves from Caesars World.
- In 1979, a license was denied to Bally Manufacturing board Chairman William T. O’Donnell.
- In 1982, a permanent license was denied to Hugh Hefner and Playboy Enterprises.
- In 1985, a license was denied to Barron Hilton and Hilton Hotels Corporation.
- In 1989, the casino at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino was forced to close.
- In 2007, the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, was denied a renewal of its license.
- In 2010, the CCC approved a settlement between the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and MGM Mirage, whereby MGM relinquished its 50% ownership in the Borgata Hotel Casino. This was in connection with MGM's partnership in a Macau casino with Pansy Ho, who was found to be unsuitable.
- In 2014, the CCC approved MGM Resorts International for a statement of compliance and reacquire it's 50% stake in the Borgata Hotel Casino, all because Pansy Ho is no longer a majority shareholder in the Macau casino. This allows MGM to reenter the Atlantic City market.
- "Matthew Levinson joins Casino Control Commission as new chairman", The Press of Atlantic City, August 6, 2012.
- "MVC administrator heads to casino commission", The Press of Atlantic City, June 12, 2009.
- "Former Atlantic County Freeholder Alisa Cooper sworn in to state Casino Control Commission", The Press of Atlantic City, August 1, 2012.
- "Contact Us." New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
- New Jersey State Senate Bill S12
- Division of Gaming Enforcement transition webpage
- "Governor’s signature downsizes the New Jersey Casino Control Commission from five to three", The Press of Atlantic City, January 18, 2012.
- New Jersey Casino Control Commission, 2000 Annual Report, page 6.
- New Jersey Legislative Digest for October 19, 1998, page 2.
- "Two Chosen For Panel On Casinos", The New York Times, August 11, 1994
- "Casino panel's chief steps down", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 30, 1994.
- Walter N. Read, casino commission chairman, 83, The New York Times, January 1, 2002.
- "Casino Control: Setting the Bar", Global Gaming Business, Vol. 7 No. 5, May 2008. "The first chairman of the Casino Control Commission, the late Joseph P. Lordi, was a former Essex County prosecutor..."
- Kelley, Daniel (10 September 2014). "MGM Resorts cleared to re-enter ailing Atlantic City market". Reuters. Retrieved 17 October 2014.