HACKENSACK, N.J. — Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco is holding the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G) accountable for all the spoiled food, medication, and perishable commercial merchandise New Jersey residents and businesses lost after Tropical Storm Isaias caused 1.4 million power outages throughout the Garden State, some of which were lost for more than 48 hours following the storm’s wrath. 

In a news release from the county, Tedesco is asking the energy company to reimburse all New Jersey residents and businesses in what he believes is a “common sense action.” Further, the Bergen County Executive is also calling upon the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to adopt legislation requiring utility companies to make this reimbursement standard practice to prioritize New Jersey residents and businesses as number one. The move was also prompted by the current Covid-19 pandemic, which, to date, has touched 187,000 New Jerseyans and killed 15,878 people statewide and about 737,000 globally with a worldwide total of more than 20 million infections.  

“At a time when residents are already dealing with the hardship of the ongoing global health crisis, this is a common sense action to take that will help thousands of New Jersey residents,” said Tedesco in the news release. “It is my hope that not only will residents and businesses receive this assistance following Isaias, but that reimbursement of spoiled food, medication, and perishable commercial merchandise becomes a utility company requirement for future power interruptions.” 
According to a tweet from Governor Murphy on August 10, 1.4 million outages were reported in New Jersey following Isaias’ wrath last Tuesday —  about 5,000 of which were yet to be restored a week later.