Joe Fiordaliso, New Jersey’s president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, died last night at St. Barnabas Hospital at the age of 78. The Newark native and former Livingston Mayor served on the BPU for 18 years.
In a statement, Governor Murphy called him “a consummate public servant, a trusted colleague, and a good friend.”
“Above all, he was a devoted husband to his wife Marilyn, father to Dana and Joe, and grandfather to six loving grandchildren,” he continued.
“As President of the BPU since the beginning of my Administration, Joe skillfully led our work to responsibly transition to a clean energy economy while always putting the needs of consumers first. He also was a key figure in our storm response efforts and in ensuring that all New Jerseyans had access to critical services like clean water, electricity, and broadband. And, as a former three-time Mayor of Livingston and member of the Township Council, he was a dedicated member of his community.”
“Every time you saw Joe he was wearing his signature offshore wind pin or handing one out to anyone and everyone he met. He had an infectious personality and generous spirit. Tammy and I will miss his wise counsel and friendship. May he Rest in Peace.”
In addition to his role at the state BPU, Fiordaliso was a member of the State Planning Commission, co-chair on the New Jersey Council on the Green Economy and served on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ Committee on Critical Infrastructure and Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment as well as several other regional boards and committees related to energy and electricity.
State Attorney General Matt Platkin released a statement saying in part, “From hurricanes to complex policy debates about clean energy- he never shied away from a challenge, handled them all with class and grace.”