Born and raised in the Ironbound section of Newark, Joseph L. Fiordaliso ’67 earned a BA in Business Education from Montclair State, and completed graduate and management courses at Montclair State and Rutgers University.
Joseph served as director of government relations for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. From 1967 to 1986, he was an educator at Vailsburg High School and Bloomfield High School, and an adjunct professor of accounting at County College of Morris for 12 years.
In 1988, Joseph was elected to the Livingston Township Council and served for three terms, and was elected mayor three times during his tenure. In 1990, he was appointed by the Essex County Executive to serve as the director of planning and economic development and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Livingston Chapter of Unico National in 2003. He has worked extensively with the New Jersey Democratic State Committee and served as district director for Senate President Richard Codey. Joseph was named deputy chief of staff in Governor Codey’s office in November 2004.
Joseph was nominated by Governor Richard Codey in 2005, confirmed by the Senate, and in 2011 and 2013 was re-nominated by Governor Chris Christie, confirmed by the Senate, to continue as a commissioner of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). In January 2018, he was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to serve as president of the NJBPU. Joseph also serves on the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners’ (NARUC) Committee on Critical Infrastructure and Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment; is a member and secretary-treasurer of the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC); is a member of the National Council on Electricity Policy (NCEP); is on the Board of Directors of the Organization of PJM States, Inc. (OPSI); and is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
Joseph is married to Marilyn (Morey) Fiordaliso, a Montclair State graduate from the Class of ’68. They reside in Livingston, New Jersey, and have two children and five grandchildren.