(TRENTON) – Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) discusses how the Christie administration has wrongly diverted fees paid by utility consumers that are supposed to go toward clean energy, among other things.
Burzichelli’s comments came after the Assembly Budget Committee questioned the diversions during a Wednesday hearing.
New Jerseyans pay the societal benefits charge through utility bills, and the money is supposed to be used for low-income programs and funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, but the Christie administration has continuously redirected the money into the general budget.
Since fiscal year 2010, about $1.5 billion has been diverted from the Clean Energy Fund.
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