Governor Murphy Establishes Responsible Gaming Task Force in New Jersey

The Garden State is addressing gambling-related issues in a fresh way. Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey issued Executive Order No. 360 on Friday, establishing a Responsible Gaming Task Force inside the state.

The Governor and Attorney General will receive recommendations from this task group regarding problem gambling and the implementation of responsible gaming policies throughout the state. The advisory council will report on a regular basis over the upcoming year, but the final report must be submitted by March 31, 2025.

Governor Murphy emphasized New Jersey’s status as a gaming destination, highlighting Atlantic City, the Jersey Shore’s amusement gaming, and notable horse racing venues. “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,” said Governor Murphy. “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.”

Leadership and Composition

There will be six additional public officials on the task team, which will be chaired by the attorney general. Among them are the executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, commissioner of the Department of Human Services, director of the Division of State Lottery, director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, and chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

According to a news statement from the governor’s office, 6% of New Jerseyans were at high risk of developing a problem with gambling in 2023, compared to the 1-2% nationwide average, according to a research by the Rutgers University Center for Gambling Studies. This program comes after a May decline in sports betting income for the whole state.

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Attorney General Matt Platkin praised the move, stating, “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.”

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