New Jersey Casino Control Commission

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State of New Jersey
Casino Control Commission
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Agency overview
Formed1977 (1977)
JurisdictionNew Jersey
HeadquartersTennessee Avenue & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Agency executives
  • James T. Plousis, Chairman
  • Sharon Anne Harrington[1], Vice Chair
  • Alisa Cooper[2], Commissioner

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.[3]

On November 15, 2010, State Senators James Whelan (D-2nd) and Raymond Lesniak (D-20th) introduced Senate Bill S12[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7]

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.

Since December 26, 2017, James T. Plousis is the eighth chairman of the Commission, he was appointed by Chris Christie, Governor of the state of New Jersey.[8]

Notable former commissioners[edit]


  • Commissioners' Office
  • General Counsel's Office
  • Chief of Staff Office

Notable litigation[edit]

Notable cases[edit]


  1. ^ "MVC administrator heads to casino commission", The Press of Atlantic City, June 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "Former Atlantic County Freeholder Alisa Cooper sworn in to state Casino Control Commission", The Press of Atlantic City, August 1, 2012.
  3. ^ "Contact Us." New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  4. ^ New Jersey State Senate Bill S12
  5. ^ Lexology
  6. ^ Division of Gaming Enforcement transition webpage
  7. ^ "Governor’s signature downsizes the New Jersey Casino Control Commission from five to three", The Press of Atlantic City, January 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Retrieved November 10, 2020. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Bradford S. Smith, New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Accessed July 23, 2017. "Bradford S. Smith was appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman as the Casino Control Commission’s fourth chairman in 1994. He served until 1998."
  10. ^ New Jersey Casino Control Commission, 2000 Annual Report Archived December 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, page 6.
  11. ^ New Jersey Legislative Digest for October 19, 1998, page 2.
  12. ^ "Two Chosen For Panel On Casinos", The New York Times, August 11, 1994
  13. ^ "Casino panel's chief steps down", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 30, 1994.
  14. ^ Walter N. Read, casino commission chairman, 83, The New York Times, January 1, 2002.
  15. ^ "Casino Control: Setting the Bar" Archived February 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, 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..."
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  17. ^ "Past AC license denials". December 14, 2007.
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "State of New Jersey".
  20. ^ Kelley, Daniel (September 10, 2014). "MGM Resorts cleared to re-enter ailing Atlantic City market". Reuters. Retrieved October 17, 2014.

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