PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — “Not on my watch.”

That was Gov. Dan McKee’s warning to any gas stations in Rhode Island that may be hiking prices to make extra profit.

“The prices are just too [far apart] to be quiet any longer,” McKee said. “We encourage everybody to bring those prices in line and make sure that it’s a savings for the people who live in our state.”

Gas prices in Rhode Island fell for the ninth straight week this week, with AAA Northeast reporting an average of $4.19 per gallon statewide.

McKee told reporters during an unrelated bill-signing Wednesday that his administration is monitoring gas prices statewide, noting that all businesses receive their gas from the same supplier.

“I think people need to know that, at this point in time, the prices should be lower,” he said.

When asked whether this was part of his reelection campaign, McKee pushed back.

“This is my position right now as governor,” he said. “I am seeing prices varying by 60-70 cents across a small state.”

McKee, a Democrat, is running for a full term as governor this November after taking the reigns from former Gov. Gina Raimondo last spring. (Raimondo left to join the Biden administration as the nation’s commerce secretary.)

Republican frontrunner Ashley Kalus believes McKee is using his platform as governor to create a problem instead of taking responsibility.

“It sounds governmental, but let’s be real,” Kalus said. “He’s using his political office for campaign reasons.”

“He could’ve done the right thing in the first place [by suspending] the gas tax, but he failed to do that,” she continued. “Instead, he is deflecting and blaming the gas stations.”

R.I. Secretary of State and Democratic candidate Nellie Gorbea said she’s “glad to see that the governor has finally realized gas prices are a major issue for working Rhode Islanders.”

“I spoke up about this issue in March, calling for the administrations to pause the gas tax,” she said in a statement. “As I’ve said before, we need to help Rhode Islanders short and long term – this means providing some relief and moving away from fossil-fuel powered vehicles.”

Helena Foulkes, another Democratic challenger, believes state leaders should be doing more to protect Rhode Islanders.

“While I’m certainly supportive of going after the price gougers, I think it’s bigger than that,” she said. “I think it’s really about getting a sense for where people are hurting and what we need to do as a government to make sure to put the peoples money back in their own pocketbooks.”

Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz, also a Democrat, believes the state should “assess statewide price ranges and dedicate state resources to do so quickly, in order to establish a clearer understanding of the price variations locally and regionally.”

“It’s clear that while gasoline prices have lowered over the past 30 days, gasoline continues to be too expensive for many Rhode Islanders,” Muñoz said. “As a result, any amount of price inflation is harmful and unconscionable. We should consider the examples set forth by states like Kentucky, where administrations have declared states of emergency, which have enabled the activation of aggressive anti-price gouging measures.”