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Pallone Applauds Judge’s Decision Against Monmouth County Reliability Project

March 8, 2018
Press Release

Long Branch - Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded Judge Gail Cookson’s ruling against the proposed Monmouth County Reliability Project. The plan for JCP&L’s new transmission line would impact Aberdeen, Hazlet and Middletown in Pallone’s district and run along New Jersey Transit’s North Jersey Coast line.

“I agree with the Judge Cookson’s ruling that JCP&L has failed to demonstrate that the transmission line is necessary,” said Pallone. “My opposition to this project has always stemmed from two primary issues; my belief that the MCRP is not a cost-effective way to ensure reliability in Monmouth County, and the near universal opposition from the communities that would be affected by this project. As Judge Cookson explained, JCP&L has not seriously considered alternative corridors and ignored non-transmission solutions entirely. The decision only supports my long-held suspicion that MCRP is more about rate of return for shareholders than reliability for consumers.”

“While the fight is not over, the ruling today is an important victory and a testament to the work of so many committed citizens who have opposed this project. The tireless efforts of RAGE, the community group formed in opposition to the MCRP, must be recognized in bringing about today’s decision.”

Pallone has long voiced concerns with JCP&L’s proposal and called on JCP&L to withdraw the project last year.