N.J. officials investigate price-gouging complaints

New Jersey officials are getting complaints about price gouging as residents cope with the cleanup from Hurricane Irene.

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs director Tom Calcagni said he’s received about 30 complaints of price gouging for hotel rooms, bottled water, and gasoline.

“All of those complaints that we’d investigated came back unsubstantiated, Calcagni said. “So it appears as though the businesses out there are abiding by our consumer protection laws at least those that we’ve followed up with at this point.”

Calcagni says the complaints are still coming in. State law prohibits raising prices more than 10 percent during a state of emergency or within 30 days of its end. Violators face fines up to $20,000.

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