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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey officials have fined 53 gyms for failure to register or selling long-term contracts without maintaining required security bonds. The state Division of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday that the fines for the health clubs totaled $284,000.

Thirty-one clubs were cited for not being registered with the division as required for establishments that have 40 percent of their floor space dedicated to physical fitness.

The other 22 were cited because they sell membership contracts for more than three months and did not have a security bonds as required.

Officials say they investigated the business practices of 72 clubs before issuing the civil penalties.

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