New Jersey
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Governor Phil Murphy has signed for the establishment of a Responsible Gaming Task Force in New Jersey. 

As a result of Executive Order No. 360, the task force will provide advice and recommendations to the Governor’s Office and to the Attorney General when it comes to addressing safer gambling concerns in New Jersey.

It comes amidst a rise in problem gambling that has been observed over the past few years, according to a 2023 report from the Rutgers University Center for Gambling Studies. 

Governor Murphy said: “New Jersey is known to be a gaming destination with historic locations like Atlantic City, amusement gaming at the Jersey Shore, notable horse racing venues and more. This Task Force will see to it that we maintain our global leadership in gaming by ensuring that we have the tools needed to address problem gaming for our residents.”

The Responsible Gaming Task Force will review several areas of the problem gambling landscape, including the effects on underage and vulnerable communities; develop strategies to achieve responsible gaming; and make recommendations for policy changes to address the issue of problem gambling.

Attorney General Platkin added: “I applaud Governor Murphy for his leadership in elevating responsible gaming initiatives through the establishment of a statewide task force. New Jersey has been a national leader in casino and sports wagering for many years, and we owe it to our residents to review and expand our existing efforts on problem gambling. 

“This task force demonstrates that ‘responsible gaming’ is not merely a buzzword in New Jersey, but a critical issue that demands the attention of government entities, industry, and stakeholders. As Chair of the task force, I’m eager to get underway in examining ways to help bring attention to and support the prevention and treatment of gambling disorders.”

Members of the Task Force will consist of seven government representatives or their designees, including:

  1. The Attorney General, who shall serve as Chair;
  2. The Chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission;
  3. The Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs;
  4. The Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement;
  5. The Director of the Division of State Lottery;
  6. The Executive Director of the New Jersey Racing Commission; and
  7. The Commissioner of the Department of Human Services.