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For Immediate Release:  
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September 2, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General

 

Lee Moore
609-292-4791

 

Attorney General Harvey and Other State Attorneys General will Scrutinize Skyrocketing Retail Gasoline Prices

TRENTON – Attorney General Peter C. Harvey announced today that New Jersey is joining with more than 35 other states throughout the nation in a cooperative effort to determine what factors are influencing the recent surge in retail gasoline prices.

“We have made a commitment to keep a close watch on gasoline prices to ensure there is no price fixing or artificial inflation of the cost to motorists at the pump,” said Harvey. “In the mean time, we continue to receive many questions from consumers with regard to the dramatic gasoline price increases they are seeing. On behalf of all New Jerseyans, we are joining with other states to pursue answers.”

According to Harvey, the multi-state investigation will focus on the factors that have generated a rapid escalation in gasoline prices in the days following Hurricane Katrina. In addition to New Jersey, the states of Alabama, Florida and Pennsylvania are participating in the probe.

The Attorney General explained that there has been consensus among Attorneys General throughout the country that there are questions which remain unanswered as to why fuel prices have spiraled in recent days.

“For the sake of New Jersey consumers, it is important that we take part in what I anticipate will be a comprehensive inquiry into the issue of spiraling fuel prices,” said Harvey.

Harvey noted that concerned gasoline consumers can contact the State Weights and Measures Office complaint line throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend at 732-815-4840. Consumers can also file complaints via the Division of Consumer Affairs Web site at www.NJConsumerAffairs.org.

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