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Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) joins Ramsey Mayor Deirdre Dillon and Ramsey Chief of Police Bryan Gurney to survey damage to the Borough from Tropical Storm Isaias on August 5, 2020.

Gottheimer wants power company to work 24/7 on repairs

In Morris County, freeholder tells JCP&L boss to resign

By David Wildstein, August 09 2020 4:33 pm

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) wants Orange & Rockland Utilities to work 24/7 until power outage issues related to Tropical Storm Isaias are solved, and one county official has called for JCP&L CEO Charles Jones to resign.

“With hot summer temperatures and many families working from home, it’s very frustrating that O&R is not working around the clock — 24/7 — to restore power to North Jersey residents,” Gottheimer said.  “Other utility companies have organized teams to work in shifts through every hour of the day to get electricity back up.”

The Consolidated Edison subsidiary serves some customers in Bergen County.

“I appreciate what every company is doing to get the lights back on, but we have far too many families without water and septic right now — including many seniors unable to leave their homes,” the two-term congressman stated. “We need to do everything we can, day and night, to restore their power.”

Morris County Freeholder Tayfun Selen was sharply critical of JCP&L.

“Jones, who lives in Ohio, by the way, needs to answer for why more of those profits haven’t been invested back into infrastructure improvements in Morris County and other parts of New Jersey,” said Selen. “If he can’t answer that question to the satisfaction of his customers – like you and me – he should resign and JCP&L should put someone in charge who is accountable.”

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