Archive for Tag: Christopher DePhillips

DePhillips urges BPU to adopt 48-hour restore standard

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips wrote to Board of Public Utilities President Joseph Fiordaliso recently to call for a new directive to require regulated utilities to provide power to customers within 48 hours of the reported outage. “It is my opinion that BPU should insist that the utilities...

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DePhillips testimony details need for state action to prevent power outages after storms

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips submitted testimony to the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities and the Homeland Security Committees Wednesday as part of the legislative hearings examining the response of utility companies after massive power outages during Tropical Storm Isaias. “Hurricane Irene; the 2011 Halloween Snow Storm; Hurricane Sandy;...

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DePhillips tells BPU to hold hearings on power outages

TRENTON, N.J. –Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips wants the state Board of Public Utilities to hold public hearings on the slow restoration of power to utility customers after Tropical Storm Isaias. “A troubling pattern of incompetence has emerged from the inability of New Jersey’s power companies to restore power in a...

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As hurricane season rolls in, DePhillips wants state to revoke power company franchises when they can’t get the lights back on

TRENTON, N.J. – One week after Tropical Storm Isaias hit, thousands of New Jersey residents are still in the dark.  At the peak of Tuesday’s storm, over 1.4 million people were in the dark, and there were still about 5,340 Garden State residents without power Monday morning. “This is...

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North Jersey lawmakers renew call to hold energy companies accountable

TRENTON, N.J. – Lawmakers representing the 40th Legislative District have been carrying the torch to hold energy companies responsible for not being adequately prepared for widespread power outages. The Assembly Telecommunications Committee unanimously passed a bill (A108) sponsored by Assemblymen Christopher P. DePhillips and Kevin J. Rooney in October...

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Assembly passes DePhillips bill creating Global War on Terrorism Medal

TRENTON, N.J. – Veterans who fought for the country after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks would be eligible for a New Jersey Global War on Terrorism Medal under bill (A2131) passed by the state Assembly Thursday and sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips. “The brave men and women in the...

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GOP lawmakers attack tax on health care in committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Democrats pushed a new $300 million tax on health insurance through Senate and Assembly committees Thursday against Republican objections. “As business creep to the precipice of collapse its deplorable that Democrats are oblivious to it,” said Robert Auth (R-Bergen).  “Everyone on the committee agreed that there...

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DePhillips introduces bill to modernize state’s unemployment system, calls for audit and cost estimates

TRENTON, N.J. – The state’s half-century-old unemployment system that was crushed by the weight of record-setting unemployment claims this year will be audited under legislation (A4359) introduced by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips. “The unemployment insurance system has put thousands of residents in a financial bind,” said DePhillips (R-Bergen). “We need...

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DePhillips outraged Murphy administration won’t testify during hearings examining oversight breakdowns at long-term care facilities

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips, who will be participating at today’s Assembly hearings into the Murphy administration’s handling of New Jersey’s long-term care facilities, issued a statement in advance. “I am angry we are having this hearing today without a single live witness from the Department of Health...

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DePhillips demands answers from Health Dept. on Neuwirth firing

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Christopher P. DePhillips sent a letter to the state health commissioner today (click here for PDF), seeking answers about the termination of former assistant commissioner Chris Neuwirth. The state has been noncommittal to the reason for his firing, but pointed to holding simultaneous private-sector employment....

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