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Senate panel to interview Plousis for Casino Control Commission job

The state Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hear the nomination of James T. Plousis as the next chairman of the Casino Control Commission on Thursday.

If confirmed, Plousis, a former Cape May County sheriff, would replace Matthew Levinson, son of Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson. The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

Levinson was renominated by the late Sen. Jim Whelan in February, but he never got a hearing in the Senate and was not appointed by Christie.

Dennis Levinson has claimed the reason his son was not reappointed was because Atlantic County is suing the state over its share of the payments-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, plan Atlantic City casinos are locked into for 10 years.

The commission, described as somewhat of a judicial panel, has up to three members appointed by the governor and is in charge of licensing New Jersey casinos and their key employees.

The members serve five-year terms and can only be removed for cause. By law, no more than two commissioners can be of the same political party, according to the commission’s website.

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