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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey unveils new book

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POMONA, N.J. – The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Gaming Management Institute published a new book, “Casino Gaming in Atlantic City: A Thirty Year Retrospective,” offering an insightful look at how the Atlantic City casino industry has evolved over three decades and its contribution to the region’s economic development.

“Casino Gaming in Atlantic City: A Thirty Year Retrospective” is a compilation of research papers documenting how casino gaming has affected Atlantic City, the region and the state of New Jersey. Topics include transportation, workforce and employment, crime, marketing, casino technology, gambling addiction, casino and gaming taxes and overall economic impact. The book features a chapter by Judge (and former State Senator) Steven P. Perskie, who provides a detailed account of the political challenges that existed in the 1970s as he led the initiative to legalize casino gambling in Atlantic City.

The book features informative and detailed chapters written by several Stockton faculty including Drs. Cooke, Leitner, Figart, Mutari, Posner and Tyrrell, as well as chapters written by Tony Marino, MA, a retired Stockton faculty member, Michael Pollock, MBA, from Spectrum Gaming Group, Lia Nower, JD, PhD, from the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University, David Listokin, PhD, from Rutgers University, Nick Casiello Jr., Esq., from Fox Rothschild LLP in Atlantic City, Jane Bokunewicz, MBA., from Drexel University and Jeff Vasser, MPA, president of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority.

“After 30 years, Atlantic City’s gaming industry has evolved and matured. This book demonstrates Stockton’s ongoing commitment to the region’s gaming and tourism industries,” said Stockton President Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp. “The launch of the book coincides with the first year of Stockton’s formalized Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies program.”

One of the book’s editors, Israel Posner, Ph.D., executive director of the Stockton Institute for Gaming Management at Stockton, described the genesis of the book, “This book offers a detailed look at the 30-year history of casino gaming in Atlantic City. There had not been a comprehensive review of the impact of gaming completed since 1988, so Stockton took the lead on the project – collaborating with researchers from regional institutions and industry professionals from casino gaming, tourism and the hospitality industries.”

Brian Tyrrell, Ph.D., associate professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management at Stockton and the book’s other editor, explained the importance of compiling the information into one comprehensive resource, “Casino gaming has had a major impact on Atlantic City and the state of New Jersey over the past 30 years, influencing major components of the city and state’s infrastructure including marketing, tourism, jobs, transportation, and the overall economy of each. The book chronicles how those areas, among others, have been impacted by the arrival of casino gaming in Atlantic City in 1978.”

The book was funded by several Stockton units including the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy, the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies, the New Jersey Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research and the School of Business. Sponsorship support was also provided by Fox Rothschild, LLP and Spectrum Gaming Group. The book was published by Comteq Publishing.

“Casino Gaming in Atlantic City: A Thirty Year Retrospective” may be purchased online for $75 by going online or at the Stockton Institute for Gaming Management, located at Carnegie Library Center, 35 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, call (609) 347-2175.