Governor Chris Christie signed a new casino deregulation bill which is aimed at bringing New Jersey into line with the rest of the county. The outdated New Jersey regulations were costing casinos a great deal of money by requiring round-the-clock inspectors at the states eleven casinos. The original laws were written back in 1978!
80% of casino inspectors are being laid off on March 25th. More may follow. The Division of Gaming Enforcement is taking over these duties. Gamblers will now either phone Trenton or fill out a complaint form instead of tracking down the inspector on duty.
The new regulations also cut minimum staffing levels for casino security officers, surveillance personnel and pit bosses. Casinos will now have more money to spend on marketing. With states like Pennsylvania adding casinos, New Jersey gambling revenues are down.