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Hotels Accused Of Price Gouging After Recent Storms

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VINELAND, N.J. -

Hundreds of South Jersey families are staying in hotels following the wrath of last Friday's storms which damaged scores of homes and knocked power out to thousands. 

Many of those people are asking why the pricing at several Vineland hotels have jumped on them.  The New Jersey Attorney General's office is also looking into such complaints. 

John Madkiff of East Vineland told FOX29 he was first told a room at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel was offering rooms for $79 a night.

"We got here last night and they charged us $179," he said. 

Ed Roth, owner of the Wingate and other hotels in Vineland told FOX29 the price bump was due to the busy July travel season, however prices for last July were unavailable for comparison. 

FOX29 did a check of several hotel prices in the area and found many listings to be far below what the hotels were currently charging.

A spokesman for the state AG said the public needs to be aware of possible gouging and other storm recovery-related scams. 

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