Woodbury– (Gloucestercitynews.net)--The GloucesterCounty Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Gloucester County Office of ConsumerProtection is warning both business and residents of New Jersey's strong pricegouging laws.
The NewJersey law prohibits price increases of more than ten percent during a state of emergency and for at least thirty-days after the declaration is terminated.
FreeholderDirector Robert Damminger said, "I don’t believe any county business would price gouge intentionally, but it’s important that everyone know the law during this time."
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 theState Office of Consumer Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General.
FreeholderLyman Barnes, Liaison to the County Office of Consumer Affairs and Weights andMeasures, said, “Any consumer who feels they may have been the target of price gouging during this emergency status should call the County Office of ConsumerAffairs immediately so that it can be investigated.”
The phone number for Consumer Affairs is 856-384-6855 and if the complaint concerns gasoline stations the number for Weights and Measures is 856-307-6611. Please know that if you get a recording make sure to leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call.