Former deputy attorney general named to Division of Gaming Enforcement

TRENTON –  A veteran lawyer who once served as the state’s deputy attorney general will be in charge of reforming the casino industry.

Attorney David L. Rebuck, of Moorestown, was nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to serve as the new director of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, the casino regulatory agency within the Department of Law & Public Safety.

“I am grateful to Gov. Christie and Attorney General Dow for this opportunity to serve the State of New Jersey,” Rebuck said in a statement.  “The governor has set a bold agenda to revitalize Atlantic City so that it will again be one of the world’s premier gaming and tourist destinations.  As director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, I will strive to promote that transformation while ensuring that the agency retains its international reputation as a bulwark for integrity in the gaming industry.”

Rebuck served for 23 years as a deputy attorney general for the state and has served as Christie’s senior policy advisor, a position in which his duties included overseeing the $7.2 billion in federal stimulus funds the state received.

Rebuck has also provided policy guidance related to the department, along with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Office of Homeland Security, and Office of the State Comptroller. He has also overseen regulatory reform efforts as a member of Christie’s Red Tape Review Group.

Rebuck must be confirmed by the New Jersey Senate.  He will serve in an acting capacity in the interim. Rebuck will succeed Josh Lichtblau, who has been director since March 2008.

“Dave Rebuck brings an outstanding combination of legal knowledge, experience and proven leadership in state government,” said Attorney General Paula Dow in a release. 

On Feb. 1, Christie signed legislation to enact his plans to revitalize the struggling gaming and tourism industries in Atlantic City.  The reforms included streamlining casino regulation by further consolidating day-to-day regulation of all casino operations in the Division of Gaming Enforcement and eliminating duplication of functions with the Casino Control Commission, which decides initial casino licensing matters and handles regulatory disputes.

Former deputy attorney general named to Division of Gaming Enforcement