Senate Candidates Disagree on Health Care

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Christina Hernandez Sherwood New Jersey voters face a choice on Nov. 4 in the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Cory Booker, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Jeff Bell. The candidates have differing views on issues important to older voters, such as the future of Social Security and Medicare. Booker, 45, won an October 2013 special election to complete the term of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). Before becoming senator, he had been Newark’s mayor since 2006. Bell, 70, …

Fighting for Affordable Utility Rates

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy On the heels of power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Public Service Electric & Gas proposed a 10-year, $3.9 billion rate increase to cover the largest utility capital investment project in New Jersey history. AARP and other consumer advocates intervened, arguing the plan was too vague, too expensive and would not benefit most customers. After a year of such efforts, the state Board of Public Utilities approved a $1 billion program that protects consumers against unreasonable rates and …

Calling Your Legislators

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP New Jersey wants to connect you with state lawmakers—and you don’t even have to leave home. The state office is using interactive technology to host AARP New Jersey House Calls—conversations between New Jerseyans and policymakers on issues such as financial security, Social Security, affordable utilities, the state budget and long-term care. The calls combine tele-town hall technology with live Web streaming and social media. Both members and nonmembers can participate by phone or online. For a schedule of events, …

Pushing for Better Sick Leave Policies

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Jersey City and Newark are the first two cities in the state to pass laws requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to let workers earn up to five paid sick days a year to care for themselves or ailing family members. AARP New Jersey, which pushed for the municipal ordinances, hopes to take the policy statewide. “Sick leave is critical not only for working parents with young children, but for workers caring for grandchildren or aging parents,” said Marilyn …

AARP to BPU: Crucial defects continue to plague fatally-flawed “Energy Strong” proposal

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy TRENTON- Today, on behalf of AARP, Barbara R. Alexander testified at evidentiary hearings on PSE&G’s multi-billion “Energy Strong” proposal, which would represent the largest rate increase in New Jersey history, yet would only provide modest benefit to a small minority of customers. Yet 100% of PSE&G customers would pay. Alexander served for 10 years as Director of the Consumer Assistance Division of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Since 1996, she has served as an independent consultant focusing on issues concerning …

AARP Applauds Governor Christie, Legislative Sponsors for New Law Establishing Strong Consumer Protections in NJ’s Emerging Energy Market

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy AARP applauds the recent enactment of A-3422, legislation to protect utility consumers in the state’s rapidly emerging third party energy supply market. The bill prohibits certain energy suppliers from making false and misleading claims to potential customers and prohibits suppliers’ calls to customers where no business relationship exists. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Benson (D – Mercer, Middlesex) and Senator Linda Greenstein (D- Mercer, Middlesex) passed the legislature with near-unanimous bi-partisan support. The bill was signed into law by …