Acting Director, Paul Rodríguez
The Division of Consumer Affairs is responsible for licensing and registering a variety of professionals and businesses throughout the state, enforcing laws designed to ensure fairness and integrity in New Jersey’s commercial and investment marketplaces, and assisting consumers with concerns about particular professionals, businesses, or service providers. The Division’s core mission is to protect the public from fraud and misconduct in the sale of goods and services, through education, advocacy, regulation, and enforcement. The Division consists of the Office of Consumer Protection, the Bureau of Securities, the Professional Boards Section, the Office of Weights and Measures, and the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission.
- In April 2018, Governor Murphy nominated Paul Rodríguez to serve as the DCA Director, and two months later, Rodríguez began leading the Division in an acting capacity pending his confirmation. Rodríguez previously served as Acting Counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as an attorney at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, and as a senior staff member for U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg.
- Through the Bureau of Securities, DCA cracked down on online cryptocurrency promoters, forcing them to stop offering unregistered securities in New Jersey. Between February and May 2018, the Bureau issued emergency orders against five entities: Bitstrade, Bitcoiin, Bullcoin, Trident, and Springcryptoinvest.
- DCA worked with the Division of Law to hold accountable companies that failed to safeguard their customers’ private information, entering into settlement agreements with Aetna, Uber, EmblemHealth, and Virtua Medical Group.
- Through its oversight of state professional boards, DCA sought and obtained the suspension or revocation of more than two dozen medical professionals, including doctors and pharmacists, who recklessly prescribed opioids to patients.