The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is the panel charged with licensing New Jersey's casinos and its key employees. As a quasi-judicial panel, it also handles appeals of decisions of or penalties imposed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. It is comprised of up to three members, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. 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 provides political balance on the panel.
The success and ongoing viability of the gaming industry remains inextricably linked to the public's confidence that the State of New Jersey will ensure that people in the industry possess good character, honesty and integrity. Stewardship over that public confidence is a principal responsibility of the Commission and its Chairman. The Commission's regulatory efforts through the years have helped create an environment in which Atlantic City's casinos can prosper and from which the citizens of New Jersey benefit. With proper regulatory controls, the industry serves as a catalyst to create dramatic economic benefits for Atlantic City as well as the entire State of New Jersey.
The Commission’s task of regulating casinos is shared with the Division of Gaming Enforcement. While the Commission is an independent agency which is in, but not of, the Department of Treasury, the Division of Gaming Enforcement is an arm of the state's Attorney General's Office. The Division investigates applicants for casino licenses and key employee licenses and makes licensing recommendations to the Commission. The Division also has responsibility for regulating the operation of Atlantic City’s casinos and enforcing the state’s casino gaming laws and regulations.
For answers to the most common questions received by the Commission, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.