The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is the panel charged with licensing New Jersey's casinos and its key employees. As a quasi-judicial panel, it also handles appeals of decisions of or penalties imposed by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. It is comprised of up to three members, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Commissioners serve staggered, five-year terms and can only be removed for cause. By law, no more than two commissioners can be of the same political party, a requirement that provides political balance on the panel.
While the Casino Control Commission is an independent agency which is in, but not of, the Department of Treasury, the Division of Gaming Enforcement is an arm of the state's Attorney General's Office. The Division of Gaming Enforcement investigates applicants for casino licenses and key employee licenses and makes licensing recommendations to the commission. The Division also has responsibility for regulating the operation of Atlantic City’s casinos and enforcing the state’s casino gaming laws and regulations.