Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Extending Utility Shutoff Moratorium Through June 30, 2021
TRENTON, NJ (STL.News) Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 229, extending a moratorium preventing New Jersey residents from having their utilities disconnected through at least June 30, 2021. The moratorium was previously set to expire on March 15, 2021, pursuant to Executive Order No. 190 (2020). The moratorium applies to all residential gas, electric and water utilities, both public and private. Further, the utilities will not be permitted to charge late fees nor fees to reconnect services that have been disconnected.
“Despite the fact that we now see the light at the end of the tunnel for the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are still reeling from the economic impacts of the virus,” said Governor Murphy. “This extension, along with our prior extension, is the right thing to do to help New Jerseyans who are struggling to make ends meet.”
“Thank you, Governor Murphy, and thank you to our utility partners for your ongoing commitment to assisting New Jersey ratepayers during this truly unprecedented situation,” said President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Joseph L. Fiordaliso. “We know that many residents continue to face economic hardship and are struggling to pay their bills, including utility bills.