Unwanted telemarketing calls at home almost stopped thanks to Do Not Call laws championed by AARP and bipartisan legislative leaders. Unfortunately, third party energy suppliers virtually ignored the law in recent years, hassling New Jerseyans and often painting confusing if not outright misleading claims about their services and savings. Too many AARP members and others have been bombarded with unsolicited calls from third party energy suppliers and their representatives.
Thankfully, a new bill sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Benson and Senator Linda Greenstein garnered bipartisan support to address these issues.
As an AARP member, I commend the bipartisan support of legislators for passing and Governor Christie for signing this important bill into law recently. These suppliers will now be limited to one unsolicited advertising call each year to potential residential customers with whom they have no business relationship. Companies that violate this law will now be subject to substantial fines. This law will help ensure that many of New Jersey’s residents, especially older, more at-risk ones, are protected from the aggressive and sometimes misleading ‘marketing’ tactics.
Past State President
AARP New Jersey