New Jersey Public Utilities Board
|New Jersey Public Utilities Board|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$90,665,000|
|Length of term:||6 years|
|Authority:||New Jersey State Statutes, Title 48, Section 2-1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||October 6, 2014|
|Other New Jersey Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Comptroller• Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of Environmental Protection • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Board|
The mission statement of the board is as follows:
"To ensure the provision of safe, adequate and proper utility and regulated service at reasonable rates, while enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of New Jersey and performing these public duties with integrity, responsiveness and efficiency."
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is established by Title 48, Section 2-1 of the New Jersey State Statutes:
The Board of Public Utilities, named pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. 001-1994, effective on July 4, 1994, and allocated in, but not of, the Department of the Treasury pursuant to that plan, is continued and is designated as the Board of Public Utilities or the "board."
In order to serve on the board a citizen must "devote their entire time to the duties of the board and shall not engage in any occupation, profession or other gainful employment."
Per Title 48:2–1 of the New Jersey Statutes the members of the board are appointed to six-year terms by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. No more than three members may be members of the same political party.
In the event of a vacancy the governor, with the advice and consent of the New Jersey Senate, makes an appointment for the rest of the unexpired term.
The board oversees and regulates utilities, such as natural gas, electricity, water, telecommunications and cable television.
The board is organized into the following divisions:
- Cable TV
- Economic Development & Energy Policy
- Customer Assistance
- Office of the Economist
- Reliability & Security
- See also: New Jersey state budget and finances
The budget for economic regulation for fiscal year 2013 was $90,665,000, and the energy assistance programs budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $65,705,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of state executive officials are determined by the New Jersey State Legislature. State executive officers, along with judicial and legislative officials, have not received salary increases since 2002. A seven-member salary commission determined annual pay for state officials from its creation in 1999 until legislators eliminated the commission in 2014. All cabinet officials under the governor's office receive annual salaries of $141,000 as legislators have not approved pay increases since the commission's elimination.
In 2013, commissioners each received a salary of $141,000.
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
Two Gateway Center (8th Floor)
Newark, NJ 07102
Email: Online Contact Form
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- New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, "President Mroz," November 23, 2014
- New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, " Meet the Commissioners," accessed July 2, 2013
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- The State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, About BPU
- The State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Divisions
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- NJ.com, "N.J. Republican leaders block pay raises for top state officials," September 28, 2011
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