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New Jersey Natural Gas Expands Energy Assistance Program; Gift of Warmth Fund Offers More Help to Customers in Need.

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WALL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 22, 2000

New Jersey Natural Gas Company (NJNG), the principal subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, (NYSE: NJR) is increasing its efforts to help customers in need to stay warm this winter.

NJNG has doubled the corporate match to its Gift of Warmth Fund and will provide the opportunity for a second grant from the fund, which helps qualified customers who cannot afford to pay their heating bills.

Now in its thirteenth year, the NJNG's Gift of Warmth Fund has helped nearly 9,800 families since its inception, by distributing an estimated $2.46 million to customers in need. The fund is supported by donations and matching funds from the Company. Each year, NJNG asks for donations from the Company's customers, shareowners and employees. This year, the NJNG Foundation has increased the amount it will match from $40,000 to $80,000.

"Keeping people warm and maintaining close ties to the community are long-standing priorities at NJNG. We are grateful to the many people who have contributed so generously. It is truly rewarding to see how the Gift of Warmth Fund continues, year after year, to make a difference in so many lives," said Laurence M. Downes, chairman and CEO of NJR.

Contributions to the fund are tax deductible and 100 percent of the donations from customers, employees and shareowners go directly to help those in need. Donations may be sent to: The Gift of Warmth, P.O. Box 1463, Wall, NJ 07719. For more information or to download a donation form, visit www.njliving.com and click on "The Homefront."

The Gift of Warmth Fund assists customers who have exhausted other forms of energy assistance, as well as those who are experiencing financial difficulties because of illness, high medical expenses, or other unanticipated circumstances. The fund is administered by the United Way of Monmouth County and community agencies within the Company's service territories.

NJNG advises customers who are experiencing financial hardship to first contact the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) for assistance with their utility bills, by calling 1-800-510-3102.

To apply for Gift of Warmth assistance, customers should contact the appropriate agency in their county of residence:


Middlesex and Monmouth Counties: Check-Mate, Inc. (732) 502-8855
Ocean County: Ocean Inc. (732) 244-5333
Morris County: Organization for
 Hispanic Affairs (973) 366-1131


New Jersey Natural Gas also offers other forms of assistance to help customers manage their winter heating costs, including energy savings tips and an easy-to-enroll budget plan to help spread out yearly charges over 12 equal payments. More information is available at the Company's Web site at www.njliving.com or by contacting NJNG at 1-800-221-0051.

New Jersey Natural Gas Company (NJNG), one of the fastest-growing local distribution companies in the U.S., is the principal subsidiary of New Jersey Resources Corporation (NYSE: NJR). Since 1952, natural gas customers in central and northern New Jersey have relied on NJNG to keep them warm and ensure they have the energy they need to run their homes and businesses. NJNG provides energy services to more than 411,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in New Jersey's Monmouth and Ocean counties and parts of Morris and Middlesex counties, maintains a nearly 6,000-mile underground pipeline system and adds nearly 12,000 new customers annually. NJNG is also a leader in the off-system sales and capacity release markets.
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