The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) issued the following statement to express their continued support and efforts to prioritize and raise awareness for problem gambling during Problem Gambling Awareness Month throughout the month of March:
“The Atlantic City casino industry is proud to continue supporting and prioritizing the efforts to raise awareness of problem gambling. We thank New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Casino Control Commission Chairman James T. Plousis, along with the Commissioners, for their leadership and collaboration reaffirming the month of March as ‘Problem Gambling Awareness Month’ in New Jersey.
The Casino Association of New Jersey (CANJ) supports a wide variety of efforts to raise awareness and prevention around problem gambling, including:
- CANJ supports the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and promotes the 800-GAMBLER hotline with a mutual goal of increasing public awareness of problem gambling, along with echoing the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services;
- We are committed to ensuring industry employees understand the signs of problem gambling through training and education programs, and most importantly, that they are familiar with the resources available for help;
- We are focused on raising awareness across the broader community by sharing information on how to locate resources to obtain help for disordered gamblers through signage, rack cards, pamphlets, and employee interactions;
- We also offer educational and awareness information and tools such as the state’s self-exclusion program that the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement administers;
- We administer our own responsible gaming programs which impose certain additional restrictions and/or cooling off periods for those exhibiting signs of problem gambling; and
- We ensure that our advertising and marketing efforts align with our commitment to responsible gambling.
The casino industry sincerely values and appreciates our relationship with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey and will continue to promote action and intention not only throughout this month, but the entire year.”