Levinson out as New Jersey's CCC head

Levinson out as New Jersey's CCC head

November 14, 2017 3:00 AM

Matthew Levinson has been removed from New Jersey’s Casino Control Commission (CCC) after a little more than five years in charge of the state agency responsible for licensing Atlantic City’s casinos and key employees.

Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced late last week the appointment of current New Jersey Parole Board Chairman James Plousis to the CCC role. All three are prominent state Republicans.

Atlantic County executive Dennis Levinson said he believes his battle with Christie led to his son’s removal from the CCC. The younger Levinson was assigned to the CCC by Christie in 2012, and was up for reappointment in August after his five-year term ended.

Christie made no comment on the decision to replace Matthew Levinson. Dennis Levinson (R) is the Atlantic County executive who is suing the state over the controversial PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program that allows casinos to collectively pay $120 million annually instead of property taxes.

The CCC is comprised of three members serving staggered five-year terms. By law, no more than two commissioners can be of the same political party. Vice Chair Sharon Harrington and Commissioner Alisa Cooper are both Democrats.