TRENTON — 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.

Levinson’s term as chairman expired in August, but he has remained on while a new chairman is appointed.

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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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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