The NJAA is a pro-active organization, identifying concerns, while working for the safety, health and overall economic betterment of the amusement industry.


NJAA monitors and supports legislation that benefits our industry. As a member you will be kept informed of pending legislation and regulations concerning Ride Safety, Gaming Issues, Labor, ADA, Environmental and Health Codes. The NJAA employs a legislative lobbyist and attorney to keep vigilant watch over changing regulations.



 

 

NJAA promotes the serious business of having fun in a safe manner as a vital element of the State's economy. We work to develop good will towards the industry and to encourage the safe public enjoyment of amusement rides, games and businesses.


NJAA publishes a quarterly newsletter, as well as an annual membership directory and is on-line . These communication avenues provide you with updated information on the association and the amusement industry.


NJAA is a socially active association. In addition to our General Membership Meeting at the IAAPA Convention, we sponsor social events including our Annual Dinner Dance, Ladies Day at Monmouth Park, Amusement Industry Day at Six Flags Great Adventure, Annual Golf Outing and Scholarship Cocktail Party. The association also produces the NJAA East Coast Gift & Variety Show, a regional tradeshow for the industry.


NJAA Scholarship Fund was formed in 1990. This fund awards educational scholarships to high school students entering college and college students continuing their education who have been employed by a member of NJAA.


NJAA maintains successful working relationships with other associations: including IAAPA, OABA, NJ Business and Industry Association, Campground Association, United Garden State Restaurant and Lodging Association, International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry, International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association and the NJ Chamber of Commerce.


History of Our Association

Amusement rides and games have been inherent to the Seashore Communities along the 127 miles of oceanfront in New Jersey since it was discovered as an ideal summer vacation destination.

In the mid-fifties, a flurry of lawsuits were filed when local law enforcement officials closed down amusement games in Wildwood, Point Pleasant and Asbury Park.

Organization of a state amusement operators' association for New Jersey proprietors of resort businesses followed the persistence of the Governor in forcing them out of their legitimate, long-standing livelihoods. An organization committee was formed in August 1956 with Mayor Stanley J. Tunney of Seaside Heights as a temporary Chairman.

A legislative committee, headed by Gilbert Ramagosa, met with Senator Sandman to have Legislation enacted to legalize games. Introduced January 28, 1957, whenever the Legislature had the bill on it's agenda, arcade owners from throughout the state swarmed to Trenton by private cars and charter busses, packing the gallery to show their support. The Legislation passed through the Senate and Assembly and was approved by public referendum in November 1959.

At that time, the New Jersey Amusement Owners Board of Trade (NJAOBA), with an office in Asbury Park, was formed, with Mayor J. Stanley Tunney, Seaside Heights, as President; Max Tubis, Atlantic City, Vice President; J. Fletcher Creamer, Palisades Park, Treasurer; George Zuckerman, Asbury Park, Secretary; and Directors:

 

Williard Ashmore
Asbury Park

Robert Guenther,
Olympic Park

Theodore Polis
Wildwood

William A. Baker
Atlantic City

George Hamid, Sr.
Atlantic City

Gilbert Ramagosa
Wildwood

Edward Ball,
Olympic Park

Allen K. Harris
Olympic Park

William Ramagosa
Wildwood

Frank Bilotti
Wildwood

Bill Hooper
Atlantic City

Herman Rapps
Atlantic City

Robert Copeland
Atlantic City

William D. Hunt
Wildwood

Joseph Reddy
Atlantic City

Lou Costar
Wildwood

Jerry Joyce
Atlantic City

Zimel Resnick
Asbury Park

George Combs
Wildwood

Harry Kessel
Keansburg

Irving Rosenthal
Palisades Park

James Crover
Keansburg

Harry Kofsky
Wildwood

Karl Rogers
Wildwood

Ray Dagastino,
Lake Hopatcong

Paul Koppel,
Palisades Park

George Ruty,
Atlantic City

William L. Dry
Wildwood

Edward Lang
Asbury Park

Fred Scharf
Keansburg

Dick Edwards
Seaside Heights

Mayor D.J. Maher
Long Branch

Martin Schwartz
Wildwood

Irving Fishelberg
Atlantic City

Robert J. McAllister
Atlantic City

James Smith
Asbury Park

John Fitzgerald
Seaside Heights

Wm. O'Brien
Atlantic City

Jos. Weissman
Palisades Park

Harry Ganger
Atlantic City

Ken O'Connell
Atlantic City

Kenneth Wynne, Jr.
Seaside Heights

Henry Gehlhaus
Keansburg

David Parker
Asbury Park

Meyer Wolf
Atlantic City

 

In January 1960, Governor Meyner named an Amusement Games Commissioner within the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control to oversee the newly legitimized amusement games.

On March 18, 1976, the NJAOBOA was incorporated as the New Jersey Amusement Association and trustees named were: Kenneth Wynne, Jr., Casino Pier, Seaside Heights; Edward Lange, Palace Amusements, Asbury Park; Lawrence A. Alper, Steel Pier, Atlantic City; Gilbert Ramagosa, Sportland Pier, Wildwood; and Philip A. Vivona, Colts Neck. President of NJAA at that time was Gilbert Ramagosa.

Again by public referendum, in 1981, the Association successfully had price-per-play and price of prizes upgraded. At that time, the regulations were rewritten to reflect the sought after increase and to have future changes come under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Amusement Games Control; thus eliminating the need to have future referendum placed on the ballot.

The New Jersey Amusement Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., a separate non-profit corporation was formed in October, 1988. Scholarships to one or more students employed in the industry have been presented yearly since 1990.

 

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