Murphy names new president for state BPU

By Eric Strauss
Trenton | Jan 15, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy has named Joe Fiordaliso, a commissioner on the state Board of Public Utilities, as the next president of the BPU.

Murphy’s transition team issued a statement Monday saying Fiordaliso would lead the board he has served on since 2005. He was first nominated to the BPU by Gov. Richard Codey, and then renominated twice by Gov. Chris Christie.

“A stronger and fairer New Jersey will look to new and innovative sources of energy to power our economy and our future, and ensure the critical infrastructure vital to our communities,” Murphy said in a prepared statement. “In order to build a path to a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050, we need a strong and committed Board of Public Utilities. Our utilities must also serve our residents, not the other way around.

“Our Board of Public Utilities must fulfill this vision, and I am confident Commissioner Fiordaliso will put his experience and leadership to work for the state’s ratepayers. I am thrilled to announce his appointment as president of the Board of Public Utilities, a commission he has served for over a decade.”

The BPU regulates utilities around the state, ensuring that services are provided safely at reasonable rates.

“We can and we must do more to ensure high-quality and affordable utilities services that work for the people of New Jersey,” Fiordaliso said in a statement. “Gov.-elect Murphy’s focus on forward-looking policies that will help consumers and improve quality of delivery and services are what we need to make New Jersey a leader in innovative policymaking.”

Fiordaliso, a Newark native, is a Livingston resident. He is a past mayor of the township and former deputy chief of staff for Codey.

Eric Strauss | estrauss@roi-nj.com | acerimrat