WOODBURY, N.J. – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Gloucester County Office of Consumer Protection are warning both businesses and residents of New Jersey’s strong price gouging laws.
Price increases of more than ten percent are prohibited during a state of emergency and for at least thirty-days after the declaration is terminated according to New Jersey law.
“I don’t believe any county business would price gouge intentionally, but it’s important that everyone knows the law during this time,” Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said in a press release from the County.
Any merchant that unlawfully increases the price for food, gas, hotel rooms, generators, or other necessary items or services in connection with the State of Emergency faces serious consequences, not only from local officials, but also from the State Office of Consumer Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General.
Freeholder Lyman Barnes, Liaison to the County Office of Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures, said urges consumers who feel they are being taken advantage of, to take action. “Any consumer who feels they may have been the target of price gouging during this emergency status should call the County Office of Consumer Affairs immediately so that it can be investigated,” he said.
Consumer Affairs can be contacted at 856-384-6855 and if the complaint concerns gasoline stations, the number for Weights and Measures is 856-307-6611. If callers get a recording, they are asked to leave their name and phone number and someone will return their call.