Celebrating 45 Years: Legalized Casino Gaming in New Jersey

Atlantic City, N.J. — It’s been 45 years since the Casino Control Act was signed into law in 1977 and legalized gambling came to New Jersey and Atlantic City.

The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University will host an in-depth conversation about the process and impact of legalizing casino gaming titled “Celebrating 45 Years: Legalized Casino Gaming in New Jersey” at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8.

The panelists include:

  • Michael C. Epps, the former commissioner of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission
  • Mark Giannantonio, president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel and the president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. He’s also a Stockton University graduate.
  • Lynne Levin Kaufman, co-chair of Cooper Levenson’s Gaming Law Practice
  • Steven P. Perskie, retired Superior Court judge and the author and principal cosponsor of the original New Jersey Casino Control Act
  • David Rebuck, the director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

LIGHT Faculty Director Jane Bokunewicz will moderate the event, which is being presented in partnership with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission and with the involvement of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. Stockton President Harvey Kesselman and James T. Plousis, the chairman of the Casino Control Commission, will also speak before the panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room at Stockton Atlantic City, 3711 Atlantic Ave. The event will also be livestreamed on Zoom and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Registration is recommended to attend in-person or online at stockton.edu/light or through Eventbrite.

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Media contacts:
Stacey Clapp
Director of Strategic Communications

Mark Melhorn
Associate Director of News and Media Relations
Stockton University