New Jersey is one of only two states where it’s illegal to pump your own gas. This dates back to 1949 when the New Jersey Legislature passed the Retail Gasoline Dispensing Safety Act, primarily over concerns about the safety of consumers pumping petroleum themselves.  Although other states which followed suit, eventually overturned their self-serve bans. New Jersey's law lives on.

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Would you like to pump your own gas? Advocates of repeal have argued it could save anywhere from 5 to 7 cents per gallon, but defenders of full-service counter that would come at the cost of tens of thousands of jobs — not to mention the emotional toll taken as grown, functioning adults across the state struggle to learn a skill most motorists master by age 17.

What if you could have it both ways? What if it were full service but not illegal if you want to get out of the car and pump it yourself?