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Joseph P. Lordi (June 28, 1919 – October 21, 1983) was an American law enforcement official who served as the Essex County, New Jersey prosecutor and as the first Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission.

Joseph P. Lordi
Born(1919-06-28)June 28, 1919
DiedOctober 21, 1983(1983-10-21) (aged 64)
Cause of deathHeart attack[1]
OrganizationNew Jersey Casino Control Commission
SuccessorWalter Newton Read
Political partyDemocratic

Lordi was a counterespionage agent for the Office of Strategic Services in Europe during World War II. He later graduated from Rutgers School of Law–Newark.

Legal careerEdit

Lordi served as Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey under Gov. Robert Meyner and was an Assistant Essex County Prosecutor from 1959 to 1964. Gov. Richard J. Hughes named him as Director of the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and in 1968 as the Essex County Prosecutor, replacing Brendan Byrne. He spent nine years in that post, where he grew in prominence for his prosecution of organized crime figures and corrupt public officials.[1] Byrne named him as the Casino Control Commission Chairman in 1977. He served until 1981.[2]


Lordi's brother, James Lordi, served in the New Jersey General Assembly. His daughter, Linda Lordi Cavanaugh, served as an Essex County Freeholder.


  1. ^ a b Flint, Peter B. (22 October 1983). "Joseph P. Lordi, Former Chief of Jersey Casino Commission". New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Former Commissioners". State of New Jersey, Casino Control Commission. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
Government offices
Preceded by
Chair of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission
Succeeded by
Walter Newton Read