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Tesla Gets Help With NJ Bill [AUDIO]

Responding to a recent decision by the state to ban Tesla from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers in New Jersey, newly-introduced legislation would create an exception to the rule.

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The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Paramus), allows any licensed manufacturer of solely electric vehicles to sell straight to customers. Tesla had been doing this for about a year at two locations in New Jersey, which are slated to become only galleries next month.

“Because of this new rule, an interested buyer looking for more fuel-efficient, environmentally-friendly vehicle options can go look and ask questions about an electric car in New Jersey, but will have to go to Pennsylvania or New York if he or she actually wants to buy the car,” Eustace said. “How does sending business to other states help New Jersey’s economy?”

New vehicle sales in New Jersey are required to go through franchised retail dealers. Eustace said it’s “kind of strange” to force new companies into franchises before they have a chance to grow.

“It’s important to make sure that we’re protecting New Jersey businesses and not making it impossible to do business in New Jersey,” Eustace added.

At a town hall meeting last week, Gov. Chris Christie indicated he would be fine with signing legislation that allows Tesla to operate in the state.

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