MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - Morris County Freeholder Tayfun Selen, a resident of Chatham, has called on JCP&L CEO Charles Jones to resign over the response to Tropical Storm Isaias, which impacted 150,000 Morris County customers on Tuesday. According to JCP&L's outage map, there are currently 8,620 customers still without power,. Of those out, 2,400 of them are from the Morristown area, according to officials.
Selen also asks JCP&L to refund customers for lost power in July and August. See his video below.
A transcript of Selen's video can be read below:
I am Freeholder Tayfun Selen - and I’m as fed up with JCP&L as you are. On Tuesday, a tropical storm impacted 150,000 Morris County customers. Five days later, there are still 31,000 customers in Morris County without power.
Yes, it was a bad storm. But this is unacceptable and people must be held accountable.
As we speak, 64% of Harding customers without power, 34% of Boonton, 28% of Chatham Township, 33% of Denville, 30% of Lincoln Park, 51% of Mendham Borough, half the town, 23% of Morris Township, 22% of Randolph Township, 21% of Montville, also are without power.
People who need electricity for their medical equipment were put at risk. Untold amounts of milk and groceries have gone bad.
A real hardship for seniors on a fixed income or a single mom working multiple minimum wage jobs to make ends meet.
These are real consequences of JCP&Ls failure.
Folks, a utility company that made over $380 million in profit as of June 30 needs to step up and make this right and the BPU should demand it if they don’t.
CEO Charles 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. 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.
Enough is enough. Every time there is a storm, Morris County residents lose power for days.
I am not only asking for the resignation of your CEO, I am also asking for refund of utility bills of Morris County residents for July and August. Morris County residents are going thru this nonsense far too long.
If you would like to reach out to me, my cell phone number is 973 222 0484.