ACCC Voting Exhibit Programs Feature Perskie Lecture on A.C. Gaming

ACCC Voting Exhibit Programs Feature Perskie Lecture on A.C. Gaming


The Hughes Center for Public Policy is pleased to spread the word about ACCC programming that is consistent with our commitment to civic engagement. The Hon. Steven P. Perskie, who received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Hughes Center Honors in November, will give a talk in Atlantic City about the Atlantic City casino referendum at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Details including a Zoom link are below.

The talk is part of programming related to a visiting exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America,” which will be on display at the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College July 11 through August 13, 2022. Details about the exhibit follow information about the Perskie program.

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 5:00 PM, the Honorable Steven P. Perskie will deliver a talk: How a Referendum Led to Casino Gaming in Atlantic City. The event is free and open to the public. Participants may attend in person in room W103 at the Worthington Center of Atlantic Cape Community College (1535 Bacharach Blvd. in Atlantic City) or via Zoom Webinar,

Judge Steven P. Perskie has had a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. As the majority leader of the New Jersey State Senate in the late 1970s, he was the author and principal sponsor of the original New Jersey Casino Control Act, which legalized casino gaming in Atlantic City and is still a model for gaming legislation worldwide. In 1989, Judge Perskie became the third chairman of the Casino Control Commission. In 2018, he was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame in recognition as a pioneer for the expansion of gaming.

Judge Perskie represented the 2nd Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly and in the Senate. He served as Atlantic County Superior Court Judge and New Jersey Superior Court Judge. He was Governor James Florio’s Chief of Staff. Mr. Perskie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and a Master of Laws degree (in Taxation) from New York University School of Law. Currently, Judge Perskie serves as Counsel to the Firm of Perskie, Mairone, Brog, Barrera and Baylinson.

For more information on this presentation or “Voices and Votes,” contact Dr. Denise-Marie Coulter at


About ‘Voices and Votes’

The May 10 talk is part of a series leading up to a visiting exhibit from the Smithsonian, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, which is being hosted on the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College, July 11 through August 13, 2022. It examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people,” and how each generation since continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.”

The display includes historical and contemporary photos, educational and archival video, engaging multimedia interactives with short games, and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.

“Voices and Votes” is based on an exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.” It is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. To learn more, visit


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