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Officials inspect boardwalk games at the Jersey Shore for fairness

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State officials were at the Jersey Shore this week inspecting boardwalk games to make sure that they are fair for beachgoers to play.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal was in Seaside Heights Tuesday, along with inspectors, to speak about the inspections.

“As a father, I want to be able to lose those games based on my own abilities or inabilities. I don’t want to lose those games because they are unfair in some way,” he said.

Inspectors have checked out 27 amusement games along the shore so far and have found five violations. Eight arcades were also inspected.

Violations include, “some toys that are a little too tight to take out or a little too heavy to take out. Or toys or prizes that are posted that are impossible to win,” said Paul Rodrigues, acting director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

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Officials also inspected boardwalk retail stores to make sure that prices and refund policies are clearly marked. Seven stores faced violations so far this summer, according to officials.

Officials say that there are 16 municipalities at the Jersey Shore that are licensed to have amusement games.

The inspections are expected to continue throughout the summer.

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