N.J. Stat. § 2A:156A-3: Interception of any wire, electronic or oral
communication, or disclosure of the contents of such communication by
someone having reason to know of the interception, is a crime. The
disclosure of intercepted information is not a crime, however, if the
contents of the communication have "become public knowledge or public
In addition, an interception is legal if the interceptor is a party to
the communication, or one of the parties has given prior consent, so long
as no criminal or tortious intent is present. Nonetheless, even if a
person is a subscriber to a particular telephone, that person cannot
consent to the recording of conversations on that telephone to which he is
not a party. N.J. Stat. § 2A:156A-4.
Civil liability for unlawful interception or disclosure can be imposed
for the greater of actual damages, $100 per day of violation or $1,000,
and can include punitive damages, attorney fees and
litigation costs. N.J.
Stat. § 2A:156A-24.