New Jersey Casino Control Commission

State of New Jersey
Casino Control Commission
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction New Jersey
Headquarters Tennessee Avenue & Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Agency executive Linda M. Kassekert, Chair

The Casino Control Commission is a New Jersey state governmental agency that was founded in 1977 as the state's gaming control board, responsible for administering the Casino Control Act and its regulations to assure public trust and confidence in the credibility and integrity of the casino industry and casino operations in Atlantic City. Casinos operate under licenses granted by the Commission. The commission is headquartered in the Arcade Building at Tennessee Avenue and Boardwalk in Atlantic City.[1]

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor of New Jersey with advice and consent of the New Jersey Senate. Commissioners serve staggered, five-year terms and can only be removed for cause. By law, no more than three 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 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.

On November 15, 2010 State Senators James Whelan (D-2nd) and Raymond Lesniak (D-20th) introduced Senate Bill S12[2] to change the New Jersey Casino Control Act by transferring day-to-day regulatory functions from the Casino Control Commission to the New Jersey Attorney General's Division of Gaming Enforcement.[3] After hearings in both houses of the Legislature, the bill was approved on January 10, 2011 and signed into law by Governor Christie on February 1, 2011.

The commission now issues casino licenses, statements of compliance and other rulings. It issues licenses for casino key employees. It also hears appeals from decisions of the Division of Gaming Enforcement.

The Division of Gaming Enforcement handles all the day-to-day regulation of casinos, it registers casino employees and non-gaming casino vendors. The Division of Gaming Enforcement also licenses gaming related casino vendors. A number of the decisions by the Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement can be appealed to the Casino Control Commission.



As of February 1, 2011 the day-to-day regulatory responsibilities of the Casino Control Commission were transferred to the Division of Gaming Enforcement following the signing of a bill by Governor Chris Christie.[4] The new law eliminated the requirement for the commission to have inspectors in casinos around-the-clock and gave the Division of Gaming Enforcement the responsibility for certifying gaming revenue. The Division of Gaming Enforcement also took over responsibility for registering all casino employees and vendors and for handling all patron complaints.[5]

  • Linda M. Kassekert, Chair
  • Sharon Anne Harrington, Commissioner[6]
  • Edward J. Fanelle, Vice Chair[7]

Source: New Jersey Casino Control Commission


  • Commissioners' Office
  • General Counsel's Office
  • Regulatory Affairs

Former members

  • James R. Hurley, 1990–2002; Chairman, 1998–2002[8][9]
  • Leanna Brown, 1993[10]–1999
  • Steven P. Perskie, Chairman, 1990–1994[11]
  • Frank J. Dodd, 1989–1993
  • Michael C. Epps, 2002–2011
  • Walter N. Read, Chairman, 1982–1989[12]
  • Joseph P. Lordi, Chairman, 1977–1982[13]


Notable cases

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 Corp. board Chairman William T. O’Donnell.

In 1982, a permanent license was denied to Hugh Hefner and Playboy Enterprises.[14]

In 1985, a license was denied to Barron Hilton and Hilton Hotels Corp.

In 1989, the casino at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino was forced to close.[15]

In 2007, the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, was denied a renewal of its license.[16]

In 2010, the CCC approved a settlement between the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and MGM Mirage, whereby MGM relinquished their 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.[17]


  1. ^ "Contact Us." New Jersey Casino Control Commission. Retrieved on March 23, 2009.
  2. ^ New Jersey State Senate Bill S12
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  4. ^ New Jersey Casino Control Commission Transition notice
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  6. ^ "MVC administrator heads to casino commission", The Press of Atlantic City, June 12, 2009.
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  8. ^ New Jersey Casino Control Commission, 2000 Annual Report, page 6.
  9. ^ New Jersey Legislative Digest for October 19, 1998, page 2.
  10. ^ "Two Chosen For Panel On Casinos", The New York Times, August 11, 1994
  11. ^ "Casino panel's chief steps down", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 30, 1994.
  12. ^ Walter N. Read, casino commission chairman, 83, The New York Times, January 1, 2002.
  13. ^ "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..."
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