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Freeholder Board: JCP&L Failures Are NJBPU’s Responsibility
Hunterdon County’s Freeholders have released a letter sent today to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) calling for accountability equally from both Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) and the BPU for the utility’s failure to live up to the BPU’s 2018 Order on Reliability and Security, and the state agency’s failure to monitor JCP&L’s performance.

Freeholder Director Shaun Van Doren stated, "Our residents are angry and frustrated. JCP&L’s communications performance, with residents and businesses, and most particularly with county and local emergency response personnel, failed to meet the standards established by the BPU’s July 2018 Order, which was entered in response to the March 2018 windstorm.”

Freeholder Deputy Director Sue Soloway stated, "“It has been eight years since Hurricane Sandy and over two years since the July 2018 BPU Order and in this latest storm Hunterdon County residents have seen very little in reliability or security from JCP&L, and the BPU must own up to its’ responsibility for this failure.” 

Van Doren and Soloway wrote in the letter to BPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso, ‘The BPU has a responsibility to ensure that the utility improvements that have been ordered, and for which ratepayers are charged, are followed through on. That apparently has not happened. The public demands accountability equally from both JCP&L and the BPU.’
Senator Mike Doherty: Governor Must Address Staff Shortages to Reopen Voorhees State Park
Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) stated,

“While the governor is encouraging residents to stay local and not travel far, and with few outlets to exercise while gyms remain closed by executive order, the loss of access to these two parks will negatively impact the health and well-being of New Jerseyans. During this unprecedented year of harsh restrictions, the Murphy Administration should make every effort to ensure that residents are able to utilize all of New Jersey’s outdoor recreational areas. It’s imperative that Governor Murphy find ways to fully staff and reopen these parks.”
An Important Message from Hunterdon County Sheriff, Fred Brown
Assemblyman Erik Peterson Speaks Out on Reopening Schools
Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R-23) stated,

I believe that we have an obligation to provide the best education possible to our children. That is an in-person education. Online or remote education will only leave more of our states children behind. Especially those with special needs or in lower income communities. My children will be attending in-person school and sports because the science demonstrates that it is safe for both our kids and the teachers.
Senate Republicans Call to Strengthen Power Grid in Aftermath of Storm Isaias
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), joined his colleagues in sending a letter to New Jersey BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso calling for strengthening the resilience of the State’s electrical power grid and formulating comprehensive plans for emergency responses in the future.

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