$10K Fine for Businesses That Engage in Price Gouging in Hudson County During Coronavirus Pandemic

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari and the Office of Weights and Measures will be out aggressively enforcing a zero tolerance policy to prevent businesses from price gouging during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Businesses that are caught trying to take advantage of residents in the middle of this national health crisis will be issued a fine of up to $10,000 per infraction.

“The hard working men and women from the Hudson County Office of Weights and Measures will be out in full force to ensure that no business is able to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to raise prices on essential items,” said Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari.

“We are aggressively investigating every single report of price gouging that we are notified of and holding those individuals in violations of the law accountable to the fullest extent.

My office is working around the clock to keep residents safe from consumer fraud and we will continue to be on the front lines of all calls for service we receive.”

Residents who believe local businesses are excessively raising prices should contact the Hudson County Office of Weights and Measures at 201-369-4323 extension 7305. All reports can be kept confidential.