PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By ARep | January 29th, 2013 - 4:58pm
| More

Seeking a solution to power outages caused by flooded electrical substations, Assembly Republicans Dave Rible and Caroline Casagrande have introduced a plan to require utilities to flood-proof their infrastructure before they increase rates.

“While nature is unpredictable, it doesn’t take an advanced engineering degree to figure out what will happen to an electrical substation located on the banks of the Shark River just a few feet above tide levels,” Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean, said. “Many of us were frustrated without power for nearly two weeks because utilities did not have a plan to protect their equipment from flooding. We are going to hold them accountable and make them have a plan in place to protect against flooding.”

The legislation would require utilities – under approval of the state Board of Public Utilities – to implement plans to protect any machinery, equipment or facility with flood-proof design regulations. Utilities would be barred from rate increases until they were in compliance.

“Power lines and water do not mix and neither do high electricity rates and long power outages,” Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R-Monmouth, said. “Flood-proofing electric infrastructure is just common sense that is long-overdue. Assemblyman Rible and I know how difficult it is to be without power for several days, especially with children and seniors in the home. There are several substations in my district that regularly flood and it’s obvious that this legislation is necessary because JCP&L will not voluntarily commit the resources necessary to maintain a power infrastructure that adequately serves our area.”

The legislation was prompted by the flooding of several substations in Rible and Casagrande’s districts, most notably the Glendola substation on the banks of the Shark River in Neptune Township, which affected Neptune in Casagrande’s district and Wall where Rible lives and represents.

The legislation will also be sponsored by Sen. Robert W. Singer, R-Ocean and Monmouth, and Assemblyman Sean T. Kean, R-Monmouth and Ocean.

####

Contact Info: 

Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible / 732-974-1719
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande / 732-866-1695

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

- Star-Ledger

Poll

Which contest are you most focused on this coming season?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources