Commissioner Christine Guhl-Sadovy is Murphy’s pick for new BPU president

Gov. Phil Murphy has selected Christine Guhl-Sadovy, who most recently served as commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, to succeed Joseph Fiordaliso as president. Fiordaliso unexpectedly died last week.

“For nearly two decades, Joe served as an exemplary public servant whose commitment to the future of our state — and to the next generation of New Jerseyans — was unparalleled,” Murphy said. “As NJBPU president, Joe remained steadfast in his unwavering belief that we not only can — but must — cultivate a healthier and more sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren. I’m confident that Christine, who has demonstrated her commitment to these same values time and time again throughout her invaluable service in my administration, will continue to build upon Joe’s lasting legacy. I look forward to Christine guiding our work to responsibly transition New Jersey to a clean energy economy, while putting the needs of consumers and New Jerseyans first.”

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my dear friend Joe Fiordaliso, but will do everything I can to honor his legacy as BPU president,” Guhl-Sadovy said. “Thank you to Gov. Murphy for entrusting me with this responsibility. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of New Jersey in this role, and making the planet healthier for my son, Joe’s grandchildren and all New Jerseyans.”

“The appointment of Christine Sadovy honors Dad’s legacy and ensures that the Murphy administration’s critically important work to reverse the worst effects of climate change continues,” Joseph A. Fiordaliso said. “On behalf of the entire Fiordaliso family, I commend Gov. Murphy for this appointment and extend our best wishes to Christine and the entire NJBPU team.”

Guhl-Sadovy will become the fourth woman to serve as BPU president, following Barbara Curran, Christine Todd Whitman and Jeanne Fox.

Guhl-Sadovy worked extensively at BPU, where, in addition to commissioner, she rose to the position of chief of staff, helping to spearhead Murphy’s clean energy agenda.

During her time as chief, she worked on several key initiatives of the administration, including the 2019 Energy Master Plan, implementation of the 2018 Clean Energy Act and development of the state’s electric vehicle incentive program. She began her career working on energy and environmental issues with the national Sierra Club.

Prior to serving in her role at NJBPU, Guhl-Sadovy was the legislative and political director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey.

A lifelong New Jersey resident, Guhl-Sadovy received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. She is also on the board of Anchor House Inc., a Trenton-based youth homelessness organization.