More than $58 million was spent last year by lobbyists on New Jersey lawmakers, according to a report on NJ Spotlight.com.
Mega-utility Public Service Enterprise Group, the parent of PSE&G, lead the top 10, spending $863,073, the most recent New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission reports show.
The utility had 11 internal lobbyists, including president Ralph Izzo, but also paid seven outside firms.
Here’s the other nine biggest spenders on lawmaker lobbying:
2. New Jersey Hospital Association, Princeton-based trade association for 71 NJ hospitals. $817,265.
3. Honeywell International, Inc., the Morristown-based Fortune 500 company, $756,000.
4. Barnabas Health, group of 10 hospitals, health centers primary in Essex County and the Jersey Shore, $753,472.
5. Verizon NJ, telecom company, $668,716
6. AARP NJ, state office of the national public interest group for older Americans, $625,324.
7. Prudential Financial, Newark-based firm, $592,402
8. CSC Holdings, LLC, main operating subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp., $538,126.
9. New Jersey State League of Municipalities, association representing New Jersey’s 565 municipalities, $495,089
10. New Jersey Business and Industry Association, represents 2,100 businesses across New Jersey, $490,480.